Apple Complies With EU Laws With A New iPhone And charger
September 5, 2023 / By Zunair Tahir / Tech News
When Apple’s newest iPhone is announced on September 12th, it will almost surely have a USB-C charging port.
Unlike competitors like Samsung, the company now uses its own Lightning adapter on its phones.
To save customers money and reduce waste, a European Union legislation mandates that phone makers use a standard charging connector by December 2024.
The majority of new Apple devices, including the most recent iPads, now utilize USB-C, although the company had advocated against the EU regulation.
An Apple spokeswoman told BBC News when it was first announced in September 2021: “Strict regulation mandating just one type of connector stifles innovation rather than encouraging it, which in turn will harm consumers in Europe and around the world.”
There are already Lightning to USB-C adapters available from other electronics retailers like Amazon, and since the 2017 release of the iPhone 8, wireless charging is enabled on all iPhone models.
The Lightning cord, which costs £19 at the Apple store, may soon become obsolete as the current iPhone 14 appears to be the company’s final product to exclusively utilize it.
Although the tech giant is less likely to produce a new version of the handset for the European market only, it is unclear whether this will be a global alteration to the device.
The new iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro smartphones, which are scheduled to be presented next week at the company’s annual autumn event, are expected to have the upgrades.
In accordance with a report by Bloomberg News, consumers will profit from the transition by having better internet speeds and the ability to charge their iPads, Macs, and iPhones with a single charger.
According to the EU, a variety of “small and medium-sized portable electronics” are covered by the common-charger regulation, including:
- mobile phones
- mice and keyboards
- GPS (global positioning system) devices
- headphones, headsets and earphones
- digital cameras
- handheld videogame consoles
- portable speakers
No matter who produces the devices, any of these that are charged by a wired cable will need to have a USB Type-C connector.
Although manufacturers have more time to make the improvements, laptops will also need to adhere by the requirements.
It would reportedly save customers “up to €250m [£213m] a year on unnecessary charger purchases” and save trash by 11,000 tons annually, according to the EU.
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