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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: 2) by drussell on Friday October 28 2022, @08:39PM (1 child)

    by drussell (2678) on Friday October 28 2022, @08:39PM (#1279064) Journal

    There is absolutely no reason they couldn't put more than one damn port on a phone...

    How much could it possibly cost for them a lightning connector AND a USB-C on their $1000 phone?!

    GASP! You might be able to charge AND connect another separate accessory at the same time without an expensive adapter?!!

    No, you're not allowed to have more than one port?!! No headphone jack for you!

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  • (Score: 2) by takyon on Friday October 28 2022, @09:04PM

    by takyon (881) <{takyon} {at} {}> on Friday October 28 2022, @09:04PM (#1279071) Journal

    It's best to have a USB-C port centered on the bottom so it can be compatible with things like the Razer Kishi. But I'd like to see 2 USB-C ports and a headphone jack down there on phones. And tablets/2-in-1s should have more than one port, no excuses there.

    Lightning + USB-C on the bottom is an inelegant solution for Apple so they wouldn't do it. Also, maybe they would need to do something special to keep people from frying the phones with that setup?

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