Until now, companies themselves determine which charging cables are used. The vast majority are already using USB-C, but companies like Apple are sticking to their own solution. Where the company’s tablets are equipped with USB-C, the smartphones continue to do with the Lightning Port.
Europe wants USB-C for your iPhone
There has been talk of a ‘USB-C duty’ since 2009, but only twelve years later, real action is taken. The European Commission therefore submitted a bill on September 23 for a single standard in the market. This legislation goes further than just the smartphone market. For example, the European Commission wants tablets, cameras, headphones, portable speakers and video cameras to be charged with USB-C as standard. Even though it is not immediately said, the change is aimed at the tech giant.
If the law is actually implemented, then some work needs to be done within Apple. In addition to the iPhone, other Apple products do not yet have a USB-C connection. For example, CEO Tim Cook’s company still uses a Lightning Port connection for the entry-level iPad, the Magic Keyboard/Mouse for the Mac and the AirPods Max.
AirPods and Apple Watch get off to a good start
However, the law also has exceptions. For example, Apple would not have to change anything about the AirPods. At least, when we talk about wireless earphones. Earplugs, just like smartwatches and fitness trackers, are seen as the exception to the rule. This is due to technical limitations. The box of your AirPods or AirPods Pro does not have to be provided, but the AirPods Max headphones do.
If the law is really pushed through, it could already apply from 2023 or 2024. Does this mean that your iPhone will soon have a USB-C connection or that MagSafe will become the standard faster? Time will tell.