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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: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 29 2022, @05:01AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 29 2022, @05:01AM (#1279158)

    If it was important then real consumers would be demanding it.

    They are, with their vote, notice the power over the dollar(euro). The magic works

  • (Score: 1) by khallow on Saturday October 29 2022, @01:51PM

    by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Saturday October 29 2022, @01:51PM (#1279204) Journal

    They are, with their vote

    Can't be important to them if they're not doing it with their money!

    The magic works

    Because we'll never want better connectors ever.