Perhaps, there is no tech blog that hasn’t reported on an enthusiast who is thoroughly tired of the lightning port in the iPhone. Tired so much that he decided to make the dream of an iPhone with a USB Type-C port come true. He made such an iPhone, posted instructions on how to do it on his own Youtube channel; and put up an experimental iPhone X for auction.
The starting price was $ 4,000, but after a few days, the rate increased. The auction ended and it is already known how much the iPhone X with USB Type-C was sold for.
Prudence nevertheless prevailed and nobody gave 100 thousand dollars for the modified iPhone. But among the 116 people who took part in the auction; there was one who did not regret “only” $ 86,001 for an experimental product. It was for this amount that the iPhone X with USB Type-C is sold.
The buyer knows the fact that, according to the author of the project; he will receive a prototype that can only work in certain scenarios. He does not exclude the possibility that at some point the smartphone will malfunction and turn into a “brick” that will gather dust in a desk drawer or will occasionally be put on public display as a collection item.
EU will give manufacturers two years to switch to USB Type-C
The talk of adopting USB Type-C as the standard for charging electronic devices in Europe has been going on for several years now. However, now the European Parliament has come close to adopting this decision. Last week, the MEP talked about why she doesn’t share Apple’s concerns that the adoption of USB Type-C as a standard could hurt innovation. Today, the department explained its position in more detail.
A spokesman for the European Parliament said that the USB Type-C port is a technology that has been pre-selected as a common standard. However, this does not in any way prevent manufacturers from developing other technologies that will provide better charging and data transfer capabilities. In addition, the European Parliament said in a statement that there will be a transitional period for the transfer of devices to a new standard; which will not lead to the rapid obsolescence of devices already on the market. USB Type-C will become mandatory for use only two years after it was adopted as a single standard.
At the moment, Apple is the main opponent of USB Type-C standardization. The company says such a move will slow innovation and lead to more e-waste. However, by the time USB Type-C becomes the standard in the European market; Apple will have to completely abandon physical connectors in branded smartphones.