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Apple's vice president of worldwide marketing, Greg Joswiak, today said that Apple will have to move to USB-C on iPhone and its remaining devices that still have a Lightning connector in order to comply with new EU rules.

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Speaking at the Wall Street Journal's Tech Live event, Joswiak said that Apple ultimately respects the decision made by the EU to mandate a common charger across consumer electronic devices. "We'll have to comply," Joswiak said, indirectly confirming Apple will move to USB-C in the future.

USB-C will have to be the common port across a wide range of consumer electronic devices, including the iPhone and AirPods, by the end of 2024, according to the rules put forward by the EU. Apple is reportedly testing iPhone 15 models with a USB-C port.

Article Link: Greg Joswiak: Apple Will Have to Comply With the EU and Switch iPhone to USB-C
 
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Apple could have avoided the EU debacle if they just did the right thing years ago. They manufactured this problem.
Apple is lucky they didn’t get a hefty fine. They got away with it honestly. EU is being nice to Apple. Change is coming! I’m glad the ruling was made this early on stage. Apple has plenty of time to implement it. No more excuses! 🤫
 

krspkbl

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So does this mean we're stuck with the USB-C form factor forever? If no device can have a different connector how do we ever get to what comes after USB-C?
of course it doesn't mean that. if we all need a new cable then we'll move over it to. need to wait and see. there's no need to replace usb c for many years. the cable will keep the same form factor and be updated and newer cables will be backwards compatible.
 

dawhol9

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I am betting it's just the USBC connector...so Thunderbolt 4 would work since a USB-C Charger will still work with TB4. So Apple can still be Apple and say all devices come with TB4 ports that will work with USB-C chargers.
 

mrat93

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So does this mean we're stuck with the USB-C form factor forever? If no device can have a different connector how do we ever get to what comes after USB-C?
There won’t be a replacement for USB-C. It’ll be USB-C and then wireless protocols. There is no need for a new standard connector as USB-C (assuming 3.0 speeds or higher) has enough data and energy bandwidth that will be sufficient for 99% of users and devices for the next 30 years.

If a better connector comes along, do you think that Apple would be in a rush to adopt it given they’ve stuck with Lightning for so long?
 

zorinlynx

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Watch them dump the connector completely and make it wireless only.
I doubt it. You can't fast charge with wireless because it's too inefficient. iPhone batteries have only gotten bigger and charging power requirements have only gone up.

People like fast charging and aren't going to want to give it up. Trying to fast charge wirelessly just creates too much heat.
 

zorinlynx

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There is no need for a new standard connector as USB-C (assuming 3.0 speeds or higher) has enough data and energy bandwidth that will be sufficient for 99% of users and devices for the next 30 years.
This. USB-C was designed to be future-proof. It has enough pins with appropriate impedance matching for high speed data that it really can't get much better without moving to an optical connector.
 

james2538

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Thank god. This should have happened back in 2018 when the iPads started to switch to USB-C. It's been four years of having to cart around multiple cable types on trips.

It's beyond ridiculous that the iPhone 13/14 have ProRes with Lightning running at USB 2.0 speeds.
 
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