EU may force Apple to ditch iPhone cables

By Kyle Venktess for IOL

There can be nothing worse than being told no – as you watch the red sliver of hope on your phone go rapidly down – when you ask: “Has anyone got an iPhone charger?”

Now it’s crunch time for cables in the EU. Soon you won’t need to scramble through cables to find the right charger for your device.

TickerNews reports that the European Union has provisionally agreed new portable electronic devices must use a USB Type-C charger.

This is set to commence by autumn 2024. IOL Tech recently published a story talking about the likelihood of Apple amending this one critical challenge faced by iPhone users since their inception.

No more Apple chargers in the EU?

It’s crunch time for cables in the EU, soon you won’t need to scramble through cables to find the right charger for your device The European Union has provisionally agreed new portable electronic devices must use a USB Type-C charger. This is set to commence by autumn 2024.

But under the current post-Brexit arrangements, the EU ruling would apply to Northern Ireland, EU and UK officials.

Apple products such as iPhones and iPads will have to conform to the new regulation, as will, eventually laptop computers, writes TickerNews.

The agreement will be brought before the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers after their summer recesses, where it can be formally approved and then published.

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who accurately predicted numerous Apple product features before their launch, stated that 2023’s iPhone could feature Type-C as the standard charging mechanism.

“It’s expected to see existing USB-C-related suppliers of Apple’s ecosystem (e.g., IC controller, connector) become the market’s focus in the next 1-2 years, thanks to vast orders from iPhones and accessories’ adoption of USB-C ports,” Kuo said.

Type-C’s relationship with Apple

While the next iPhone could come with Type-C charging, Apple married Type-C connectivity to products recently.

Today, most new Macbooks available from Apple ditched all their ports in favour of a Type-C input, further universalising the USB input.

To this end, most iPhones sold today come with just a cable, with no wall plug – on the one end, Apple’s Lightning input for the smartphone’s charging port and on the other end – a Type-C male connection. Apple’s new Magic Mouse for Mac products also comes with the same cable as new iPhones.

 

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