iPhone, iPad and AirPods: EU forces Apple to use a different connection

iPhone, iPad and AirPods: EU forces Apple to use a different connection

If something doesn't happen voluntarily, you just have to help. This is how the decision of the EU Commission, which is primarily directed against Apple and the proprietary Lightning connector, should be evaluated. In detail, however, the law will soon be much more profound and will therefore also affect other manufacturers.

EU forces Apple to use USB-C port

The USB-C connection has already established itself as the standard for many devices. Except at Apple, where products like the iPhone are still equipped with a Lightning connector. This is exactly what the new EU decision is intended to prevent by law. In the future, devices such as smartphones, tablets, laptops, headphones, mobile game consoles and the like will have to have a USB-C port. Own connections would be banned (source: EU Commission). Experts believe that primarily Apple should be hit with the law.

Interestingly, Apple is already installing USB-C ports in some products, such as expensive iPads or the MacBook, and the power supplies are also equipped with USB-C ports and cables. The Lightning connector is still used for the best-selling products such as the iPhone, the cheap iPads and AirPods. If the law is approved, companies will be granted a transition period of 24 months. The law then naturally only applies to new products.

The EU Commission also recommends that no cables or power packs should be enclosed with the end devices, so that less electronic waste is generated. A uniform standard should ensure that you only need one charger and that it only differs in performance. Manufacturers would then have to specify the performance with which the optimal charging speed is achieved.

Even the iPhone 13 shown in the video still has a Lightning connector:

Connection to the power supply unit should also be standardized

In the first step, the EU Commission only deals with the connection to the end device. Later, the connection to the power supply itself will also be addressed in an amendment. By then, at the latest, not only Apple will be affected, but also many other manufacturers, who will then probably have to convert their power supplies to the USB-C standard.


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