Apple will switch the iPhone to USB-C because we don’t have a choice
Joswiak and Craig Federishi, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Software Engineering, had a chat with The Wall Street Journal Joanna Stern yesterday where the subject of cables and ports was touched. You can watch the full 35-minute conversation below.
Joswiak doesn’t think the government being too “directive” and forcing a switch to USB-C for all devices was the right thing to do, in fact he claims it will cause more electronic waste. However, when it comes to complying with the new rules, Joswiak says, “Obviously we have to comply, and we have no other choice.”
The EU will require all phones, tablets and cameras Use USB-C to charge before the end of 2024. Based on Apple’s typical release cycle for new iPhone models, that means the iPhone 16 will need to be charged with a USB Type-C port, although Apple may decide to make the switch next year on the iPhone 15.
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If Apple decides to refuse to make the switch, it won’t be able to sell new iPhones in any EU country, which is unimaginable. So Joswiak is right in saying that Apple has no choice. And while that will eventually mean a lot of Lightning cables and accessories will eventually become redundant, switching to ubiquitous USB-C will reduce electronic waste. Recycling It should also be encouraged.
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