“Apple Faces Potential Backlash as It Adopts EU-Mandated USB-C Chargers for iPhone 15”

Apple, under chief Tim Cook, unsuccessfully battled against Brussels’ attempt to implement common charging standard

Apple is gearing up to unveil its latest smartphone lineup, the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro, with promises of improved speed and capabilities. However, one significant change is beyond Apple’s control, and it involves switching from its proprietary “Lightning” charging technology to the widely adopted “USB-C” cable.

“Apple Faces Potential Backlash as It Adopts EU-Mandated USB-C Chargers for iPhone 15”

This seemingly minor modification has been a source of intense debate and costly lobbying efforts by Apple for years. The company faced off against European authorities in their quest to establish a common charging standard aimed at reducing electronic waste (e-waste).

Last year, Brussels confirmed new regulations requiring tech companies to adopt USB-C as the universal charging standard by 2024. The goal was to eliminate the need for consumers to purchase a different charger every time they acquired a new device, ultimately reducing e-waste and saving consumers money. It was estimated that chargers generated 11,000 tonnes of e-waste annually in the European Union, costing consumers €250 million each year.

Reluctantly, Apple has accepted this directive. All new phones in the iPhone 15 lineup are expected to come with USB-C compatibility. However, experts anticipate potential backlash from consumers who have invested in Apple’s proprietary “Lightning” cables and docks.

“Apple Faces Potential Backlash as It Adopts EU-Mandated USB-C Chargers for iPhone 15”

This transition coincides with a challenging period for Apple, as the tech giant is experiencing its longest period of revenue decline since 2016. iPhone sales have declined by over 2% in recent months, and reports of China banning iPhones for government officials have further impacted the company’s market value.

While the iPhone 15 will introduce some new features, such as a zoomable periscope camera, it is expected to be a relatively modest upgrade compared to previous iterations.

Apple had vigorously opposed the EU’s efforts to establish a common charging standard, even though it initially joined an industry group that aimed to work toward such a standard back in 2009. In 2012, Apple introduced its unique Lightning cable, which it continued using for years, despite growing momentum for a universal standard. An Apple-commissioned report in 2019 claimed that consumers would face €1.5 billion in costs if forced to change chargers due to regulatory reforms.

Apple’s lightning charging wire and port will be replaced by USB-C cable 

As of this year, approximately 1.5 billion iPhones in use worldwide rely on Apple’s Lightning cables. The transition to USB-C is expected to affect users globally, not just in Europe. Consumers who have relied on Lightning connectors for years may need to purchase new wall power adapters.

In addition, Apple’s decision to include USB-C ports at both ends of the new cable could lead to further consumer inconvenience. Most wall plugs use larger USB-A connectors, making compatibility an issue.

Apple braces for backlash after caving to EU demands on iPhone chargers (msn.com)“Apple Faces Potential Backlash as It Adopts EU-Mandated USB-C Chargers for iPhone 15”

Despite potential challenges, some consumers may welcome the change, as USB-C offers faster data transfer speeds and supports faster charging compared to Apple’s current Lightning cable. Apple has already introduced USB-C on some of its larger devices, such as MacBooks and iPads, and supports wireless charging for its phones.

Apple’s 1.5bn iPhones in use worldwide are powered by its lightning cables –

While European authorities have succeeded in pushing Apple to adopt USB-C, there may still be further developments. Reports suggest that Apple might include authentication chips in its USB-C chargers to enhance download speeds, potentially leading to a new round of regulatory discussions.

In the ongoing charging wars, one final twist may be in store as the industry navigates toward universal charging standards.

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