iPhone is switching to USB-C – but it’s not happy to be forced to ditch its Lightning port

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  • Apple has confirmed that iPhones with USB-C charging ports are on track to comply with EU laws.

  • But the company is apparently unhappy about having to make the switch and said it had no other choice.

  • Currently, the law states that all cell phones and tablets must have a USB-C port by fall 2024.

Apple has confirmed that an iPhone with a USB-C port is in the process of complying with a new European Union law, but that doesn’t sound too good.

Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of global marketing, said the company would “obviously” be required to “comply” with the EU rule, while a conversation with journalist Joanna Stern at the Wall Street Journal’s Tech Live conference.

“We have no choice,” Joswiak said in response to Stern’s question about when USB-C iPhones will arrive. He did not specify whether iPhones and other Apple products sold outside the EU will also have the USB-C port.

The law states that “all mobile phones, tablets and cameras sold in the EU” must include a USB-C port by fall 2024.

Joswiak said he “doesn’t mind governments telling us what they want to accomplish,” but that Apple has “smart enough engineers” to figure out the technical ways to get things done.

One example, he said, was when the US government passed regulations for cellphones to satisfy hearing aid compatibility, which he said didn’t work.

“We found a new way to make hearing aids designed for the iPhone, made it an industry standard, and it actually worked,” Joswiak said.

Apple and the EU have been “in a row” for more than 10 years over the push to USB-C, Joswiak said, acknowledging he understands the EU wants to “achieve a good thing” by reducing electronic waste. However, he said Apple’s detachable charging cables with USB-compatible power adapters make it easy for anyone to use the cable that works with their device.

“Over a billion people” use Apple’s chargers, Joswiak said, adding that getting people to throw away their Lightning cables is going to produce more e-waste. Discarded and unused chargers account for around 11,000 tonnes of e-waste each year, the European Parliament has said, adding that the universal USB-C charger could save consumers up to €250 million a year by avoiding waste. have to buy different chargers.

“We think the approach would have been better for the environment and better for our clients not to have such a prescriptive government,” Joswiak said.

Apple did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment before publication.

Apple is one of the leading smartphone vendors in Europe, holding around 23% of the smartphone market share in this country. The Verge previously pointed out that Apple could make iPhones that charge wirelessly, which would provide a loophole to the USB-C requirement, but it looks like Apple is opting for a port — at least for now.

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