We’ve been hearing for a long time about the possibility of a new law coming out in Europe that will force manufacturers to use a universal charging port, USB-C. Obviously, this law would bring big headaches to Apple, which continues to use the Lightning input on its devices.
Recently, new information has emerged about this law and it seems to be going forward, which worries Apple. According to the European Union proposal (not yet final), manufacturers will have up to 24 months to make the transition to the aforementioned “universal adapter”.
“We remain concerned that strict regulation will force the use of a single type of adapter, inhibiting innovation rather than encouraging it, which will harm consumers in Europe and the rest of the world,” said an Apple representative.
Considering the possible dates presented by the new regulation, it is possible that the iPhone 14 that will be released in 2022 will continue to have the Lightning input, but the 2023 model (iPhone 15) may already come with a USB-C input.
Apple may have “option” not to put USB-C on iPhone 15
While the new European regulation is primarily aimed at influencing smartphone makers to use a single charging input, it appears that Apple may end up with an alternative option.
According to Thierry Breton – the European Union’s internal market commissioner – “if Apple wants to continue using its own input, they will be able to do so. Regulation is not against innovation, but to help make citizens’ lives a little simpler” .
Considering that one of the motivations of this regulation is to help reduce the amount of waste created by electronic products, Apple seems to have the perfect answer to get a “green card” in this situation.
“We share the European Commission’s level of dedication to protecting the environment and we are already carbon neutral for all our emissions worldwide, and by 2030 all Apple products will be too ,” Apple said in an official statement.