Upcoming iPhones will all use USB-C chargers, a decision that Apple is not exactly happy about.
The company confirmed the switch during Tuesday’s Journal’s Tech Live event. Greg Joswiak, Apple’s worldwide marketing chief, explained that the company was being forced to switch the chargers by the European Union.
EU lawmakers have ruled that “all mobile phones, tablets, and cameras” must have a USB-C port by fall 2024. The purpose of this is to cut down on e-waste and ensure people only have to carry a single charger for all their devices, including gaming consoles, computers, and more. Many MacBooks already use the USB-C cord. Joswiak did note that under the current charging component, anyone can utilize a cable that is compatible with their smartphone thanks to Apple’s detachable charging cables and USB power adapters.
Luckily, iPhone users will not have to throw away their chargers and grab new ones. The chargers currently in use are the industry standard. This means it is compatible with the new USB-C iPhone. The only thing that will need to be changed is the cable that connects the iPhone to the charging block. Since their release in 2012, Apple phones have predominantly utilized Lightning cords.
Joswiak says that he and the company “have no choice” in the situation. Still, he wishes the EU had given their skilled experts the opportunity to create a superior alternative for Apple customers.
“We think the approach would’ve been better environmentally and better for our customers to not have a government be that prescriptive,” Joswiak explained.
Apple will still provide the updated charging system in new iPhone purchases in 2024. Until then, iPhone users shouldn’t worry much about the charging swap.