Apple has finally confirmed it will transition to USB-C.
Apple’s vice president of worldwide marketing Greg Joswiak spoke at the Wall Street Journal’s Tech Live event and confirmed that the company shall have to move to USB-C on iPhone and other devices in order to comply with the new legislation imposed by the European Union.
While we all know that the legislation would require Apple by law to make the transition, this is surprisingly the first time that the company has publicly acknowledged the ruling and will replace Lightning ports soon with USB-C.
Joswiak said, “Obviously, we’ll have to comply. We have no choice as we do around the world to comply to local laws. But we think the approach would have been better environmentally, and better for our customers to not have a government be that prescriptive.”
EU lawmakers emphasize that the common charger law will dramatically reduce waste as consumers will no longer have to buy a new charger each time they buy a device. The EU said this will significantly reduce production and the disposal of new chargers.
In compliance with the EU law, Apple will have to sell new iPhones, AirPods and other tech products with USB-C charging capabilities by the year 2024. It has already been suggested that the company is testing iPhone 15 models with USB-C ports for the very first time, so it is highly possible that the next year’s iPhone might be the first Apple smartphone with a USB-C port.
Also, it is likely that Apple will introduce the new standard globally, not just in the European Union.