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posted by hubie on Friday October 28 2022, @12:08AM   Printer-friendly

Apple to put USB-C connectors in iPhones to comply with EU rules

Apple will ditch the Lightning connector on its iPhones, the company has confirmed, after European regulators decided all smartphones should have USB charging as standard in two years' time.

New EU rules require all phones sold after autumn 2024 to use the USB-C connector for their charging ports. The oval-shaped plugs are already standard on other consumer electronics such as e-readers, games consoles, laptops and the vast majority of new Android phones.

[...] Now, Apple's head of marketing, Greg "Joz" Joswiak, says the company is conceding defeat. "Obviously we'll have to comply, we have no choice," he told a technology conference in California.

But, he argued, it "would have been better environmentally and better for our customers to not have a government be that prescriptive".

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  • (Score: 1) by khallow on Friday October 28 2022, @02:00AM (1 child)

    by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Friday October 28 2022, @02:00AM (#1278891) Journal

    until they wind up with a place where only standard USB connectors are available.

    Then got an adapter and gave it no further thought, amirite?

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 28 2022, @02:47AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 28 2022, @02:47AM (#1278902)
    Until they lose the adapter or forget to bring it, amirite?