Apple is shifting from using its proprietary Lightning port chargers on the iPhones as well as other devices to USB-C starting with the launch of the next iPhone. The tech giant is making the move to fall in line with the new European law that dictates tech companies should use USB-C charging ports as default for mobile phones, tablets, and cameras by 2024.
Apple can possibly bring a USB-C port for charging the latest AirPods as well as AirPods Pro by the year 2024. On the contrary, Mac accessories like the Magic Mouse, Magic Keyboard, and Magic Trackpad might shift to USB-C as soon as early as next year.
Why is Apple moving to USB-C starting from iPhone 15?
The European Union’s new mandate regarding the implementation of USB-C charging on new smartphones, tablets, and headphones introduced in the territory in late 2024, is the reason there has been a shift away from Lightning ports.
Before the European Union’s legislation takes effect, Apple will replace the AirPods, according to reports. The iPhone 15 will essentially use the USB-C port in 2023, reveal the reports, or else, they can’t be sold in the European Union. These are no longer just rumors, there has been confirmation from Apple’s end. Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Greg Joswiak did reveal that Apple will have to comply with the EU’s mandate, though he states there is no other option.
Interestingly, Apple did already switch to USB-C ports on few laptops in 2015 as well as on the iPad Pro in 2018. According to a Bloomberg report, Apple would start offering new iMac as well as Mac Pro in addition to the USB-C iPhone along with the iPad, next year.
The Apple Watch is exempted from the new rule as it uses a wireless MagSafe charger and uses no ports.
Apple is also planning on a wireless-first future, as it had removed the 3.5mm audio jack on the iPhone 7, and has recently removed the SIM card slot on iPhone 14 (in the US markets). The tech giant is steadily gearing up to become port-less soon.
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