Apple is scheduled to announce the iPhone 15 in a matter of days, and it is largely expected to have significant changes.
Apple to announce of iPhone 15
The iPhone 15 is widely expected to jettison Apple’s proprietary Lightning charger in favour of USB-C charging, marking a watershed moment for the business by embracing universal charging. The shift could eventually simplify charging across several devices – and brands.
USB-C charging by 2024
The changeover would take place less than a year after the European Union decided to approve legislation mandating that smartphones, tablets, digital cameras, portable speakers, and other small gadgets accept USB-C charging by 2024.
The groundbreaking legislation intends to reduce the amount of chargers and cables that consumers must deal with when purchasing a new device, as well as to allow users to mix and match devices and chargers from different manufacturers.
“This is arguably the most significant disruption to iPhone design in several years, but it is hardly a dramatic move,” said Ben Wood, an analyst at CCS Insight.
This is because Apple (AAPL) has previously moved to USB-C charging for its iPads and MacBooks. Nonetheless, the corporation has been hesitant to implement the modification on the iPhone.
Last year, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, Greg Joswiak, publicly emphasised the importance and ubiquity of the Lightning charger, which is designed for speedier device charging, but added that “obviously, we will have to comply” with the EU regulation.
“We have no choice, like 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 [have] that perspective,” Joswiak said at the time.
The EU’s decision is part of a larger attempt to combat e-waste in general, although it may result in more in the near term as people phase out their Lightning cords.
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