iPhones are about to switch to USB-C, but they’re not happy about having to do away with the Lightning port

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  • Apple has confirmed that iPhones with USB-C charging ports will now comply with EU law.

  • However, the company seems unhappy about being forced to switch and says it has no other choice.

  • Legislation now stipulates that all mobile phones and tablets must have USB-C ports by the fall of 2024.

Apple has confirmed that iPhones with USB-C ports will comply with new European Union legislation, but it doesn’t seem too happy about that.

Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, said it was “clearly compelled” for Apple to comply with EU regulations. Conversation with reporter Joanna Stern At the Wall Street Journal’s Tech Live conference.

In response to Stern’s question about when the USB-C iPhone will come out, Joswiak replied, “I have no choice.” It didn’t say whether iPhones and other Apple products sold outside the EU will also have a USB-C port.

of the law requires it ‘All mobile phones, tablets and cameras sold in the EU’ must include a USB-C port Until autumn 2024.

Joswiak said “it’s okay for governments to tell us what they want to achieve,” but that Apple has “pretty smart engineers” who figure out technical ways to get things done. Stated.

One example of this was when the U.S. government regulated cell phones to meet hearing aid compatibility, which he claimed didn’t work.

“We came up with a new way to make hearing aids made for the iPhone, made it an industry standard, and made it work,” says Joswiak.

Apple and the EU have been “debating” over their push to USB-C for more than a decade, Joswiak said, noting that the EU wants to “do good” by reducing e-waste. But Apple’s detachable charging cables and USB-compatible power adapters make it easy for anyone to use a cable that works with their devices, he said.

Joswiak said “more than a billion people” use Apple chargers, adding that forcing people to throw away their Lightning cables would create more e-waste.Discarded and unused charger makes up Estimated 11,000 tons According to the European Parliament, the amount of e-waste we produce each year could be as high as a universal USB-C charger Saving consumers up to €250 million A year away from having to buy another charger.

“I think this approach would have been greener and better for our customers if the government was less prescriptive,” Joswiak said.

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

apple is one of the top It accounts for about 23% of European smartphone providers. Smartphone market share. The Barge previously pointed out If Apple could make an iPhone that charges wirelessly, that would be a way around the USB-C requirement, but Apple seems to be picking the port — at least for now.

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