For over a decade, Apple’s proprietary lightning connector has been the requirement for charging different hardware products and connecting to other peripherals. In 2012, the current 8-pin connector replaced the 30-pin dock connector, which powered the iPad 2, iPhone 4, and iPod Touch. There may be changes in the nearest future as the European Union has agreed on the USB-C port as the single charging solution for cameras, smartphones, and tablets by 2024.Thank you for reading this post, don't forget to subscribe!
This new charging regulation, which will also extend to laptops and notebooks later, recommends a single USB-C charger for small and medium-sized mobile devices from different manufacturers, hence reducing e-waste and encouraging sustainability. Manufacturers will be required to define the charging characteristics of their products and consumers would retain the option to include or exclude a charger when buying a product.
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Implications For Apple
USB-C not only offers faster charging and transfer speeds; most portable device makers already conform to this standard. This move could force Apple to swap out its Lightning port for the USB-C on future models of the iPhones, iPads, and other products. There are very slim chances that the company would adopt the adapter approach it used when the micro-USB became a regulation. This would have seen all models headed for Europe include a Lightning to USB-C adapter.
With the regulation set to take effect in 2024, Apple has reportedly started testing the USB-C port on iPhones. It already has products such as the 2018 iPad Pro ((3rd-Gen) and 12-inch MacBook Pro (2015) which include the USB-C standard. Unless there are last minute changes, 2022 iPhone models (iPhone 14 series) are expected to arrive with the lightning connector. However, models beyond that could unsurprisingly sport the universal USB-C port or wireless charging/data transfer.
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