Apple Exec Confirms iPhones Will Get USB-C Ports

Posted on October 26, 2022 by Laurent Giret in Apple, Mobile, iOS with 126 Comments

Apple has confirmed that future iPhones with USB-C ports are coming following the new EU common charger law legislation requiring USB-C ports on all phones starting in 2024. Greg Joswiak, Apple’s Senior VP of Worldwide Marketing announced the news yesterday during an interview with the Wall Street Journal.

The Apple exec emphasized that if Apple had no choice but to respect this new EU legislation, the transition is going to be “disruptive” for more than 1 billion people using Apple devices with Lightning ports. Joswiak also argued that the transition will also cause a lot of e-waste.

“Obviously we’ll have to comply, we have no choice as we do around the world to comply with local laws. But we think the approach would have been better environmentally, and better for our customers to not have a government to be that prescriptive,” the exec said.

Joswiak also highlighted that Apple’s proprietary Lightning port launched before USB-C was even a thing, and it was more convenient than the micro-USB port that all phones used at that time. The exec also argued that having chargers with detachable cables pretty much made this a non-problem for most consumers.

According to previous reports, Apple is expected to make the iPhone transition to USB-C ports next year with the iPhone 15. This has been a long time coming as all Mac and iPad models, including the brand new 10th-gen entry-level iPad use USB-C ports.

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