In September this year, Apple will launch the iPhone 14 series of mobile phones. The general expectation is that these smartphones will also use the regular Lightning interface. However, next year’s iPhone 15 will upgrade to the USB Type-C interface. This is likely in response to the requirements of the European Union. Next week, the European Union and European countries will finalize the legislation that unifies the USB Type-C interface.
According to reports, EU countries and EU parliamentarians will meet on Tuesday (June 7) to discuss and reach a proposal. They will seek to unify the charging interface of mobile phones, tablets, and headphones. The unified interface will be the popular Android USB Type-C interface.
The EU does this for environmental protection reasons. After all, the unified interface can be reused, reducing waste and saving users about 250 million euros per year. In fact, the European Union has been discussing the proposal to unify the interface of digital devices for more than 10 years. Previously, it successfully implemented the policy of unifying most devices with the USB micro-B interface. Today’s proposal will cover more devices, especially Apple’s iPhone. Apple has been vehemently opposing the proposal.
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According to reports, the EU is not open fr lobbying. The discussion next week will be the second and possibly the last discussion. The EU is determined to promote the agreement on a large scale, and it may even promote the full use of the USB Type-C interface for charging laptops.
In addition, Apple has been opposed to the EU’s forcible unification of the USB Type-C interface, but Apple’s iPad and Mac computers have already used the USB Type-C interface in large quantities. Nevertheless, the major interest will be the use of the USB Type-C interface on the iPhone.
Apple is bowing to pressure
Previously, Ming-Chi Kuo claims that Apple would continue to use the Lightning port in the next few years. In the past, there were reports that Apple would rather have an iPhone without an interface. It would rather rely on wireless charging and wireless data transmission, rather than using a USB-C interface. However, with the latest prediction, Apple now appears to be bowing to the pressure of various factors. Now, Apple has to put the USB-C port on the agenda. It either has to provide products with a USB-C interface for the European market or to make all products in the world use the USB-C port. Either way, it will use the USB-C port sooner or later.
Although the iPhone still uses the Lightning port, a large number of products such as MacBook and iPad have switched to USB-C, and support Thunderbolt 3 and even Thunderbolt 4. The latter not only has a very high transmission rate but also is compatible with fast charging and DP signals video output.
Some netizens also express their support for the USB-C interface. After all, Apple does not distribute chargers for environmental protection. In the future, the unified interface will also reduce electronic waste and contribute to the protection of the ecological environment. But if the future iPhone 15 really adopts the USB-C interface, it is conceivable that the sales of the iPhone 14 series will be worrying.