iphone 5 with micro usb?

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  1. krustofski macrumors newbie

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    it's official now: from next year on mobile phones in the european union must have a micro usb port to charge the battery.

    so, will apple put an usb port to the iphone 5 or use an adapter?

    found this on the german website appletaliban.com - http://bit.ly/i0eGUO
     
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    Those Europeans always have to be different. Geeeeee
     
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    Would be nice, I just don't see them going away from their own branded adapters.
     
  7. Krevnik macrumors 68040

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    Apple was the one who got the adapter provision added to the regulation in the first place. They will definitely use an adapter.

    The catch is that I believe they are required to include the adapter with the device to comply with the regulation.
     
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    Pardon my ignorance, but why in the world is this a mandate now in the EU? :confused:
     
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    Because it's a complete waste of limited resources for all phones to have different style of chargers/plugs in them.
     
  11. Krevnik macrumors 68040

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    QFT.

    They pretty much decided that it should be possible to use generic charger A with random smartphone B, and settled on Micro-USB plugs being the plug of choice. I do have to say it's not a terrible decision in that:

    1) You can use adapters if you must. Apple feels they must because they have a legacy support story that makes it annoying to ditch/replace the iPod dock port at this point. That 30-pin connector merges quite a few ports.

    2) Micro-USB is at least a proper standard that most phones were on anyways (or mini-USB). They didn't invent some new one or task engineers to design a new one that would be completely different.
     
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    This is good news and it's about time. Apple needs to be forced out of the dark ages when phones had proprietary connectors. Welcome to 2011 iPhone :)
     
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    European Commission Moves Forward on Micro-USB Smartphone Charging Standard

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