Apple Confirms Future iPhones will Comply with EU USB-C Mandate

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Apple Exec have confirmed the future iPhones (likely the iPhone 15 due out in Fall 2023) will have USB-C charging port.  So far only the EU has mandated for new mobile devices with 1000 watts or less power consumption produced on/after December 2024 must have USB-C charging port.  Brazil and India are considering similar rules and in June 2022 several Democratic US Senators sent an open letter to Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo pushing the US to follow the EU’s steps.

Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior Vice President of marketing, confirmed on Tuesday that the company will comply with EU’s ruling, but stopped short of sharing any other detail.

“…we got to a better place which is power adapters with detachable cables. All of them being USB-A or USB-C and you choose the cable which is appropriate for your device. That allowed over a billion people to have that (lightning) connector and to be able to use what they have already and not be disrupted and cause a bunch of e-waste,” Joswiak said.

Wonder if not wanting to “cause a bunch of e-waste” was the reason for not including power adapters with new iPhone 12, 13 and 14 (besides these models supporting wireless MagSafe charging)? Apple has said it allows them to ship the iPhones in smaller packaging thus reducing their carbon footprint. Most people who have had multiple wireless devices likely have a drawer full of power adapters. Unfortunately, this practice has caused Apple to run afoul with Brazilin Government resulting in fines and settlements to the citizens of Brazil who purchased these iPhone models.

via TechCrunch