In September of this year, Apple will launch the iPhone 14 series of mobile phones. The general expectation is that these smartphones will also use the regular Lightning interface. However, next year the iPhone 15 will upgrade to the USB Type-C interface. This is probably a response to the demands of the European Union. Next week, the European Union and European countries will finalize legislation unifying the USB Type-C interface.
According to reports, EU countries and EU parliamentarians will meet on Tuesday (June 7) to discuss and come up with a proposal. They will try to unify the charging interface of mobile phones, tablets and headphones. The unified interface becomes the popular Android USB Type-C interface.
The EU does this for reasons of environmental protection. After all, the unified interface can be reused, reducing waste and saving users around 250 million euros per year. In fact, the European Union has been working on the proposal to unify the interface of digital devices for more than 10 years. Previously, it successfully implemented the policy of unifying most devices with the USB micro-B interface. Today’s proposal will cover more devices, especially Apple’s iPhone. Apple has strongly opposed the proposal.
The EU is reportedly not open to lobbying. Next week’s discussion will be the second and possibly the last. The EU is committed to widely promoting the agreement, and possibly even the full use of the USB Type-C interface for laptop charging.
In addition, Apple opposes the forced unification of the USB Type-C interface by the EU, but Apple’s iPad and Mac computers have already used the USB Type-C interface in large quantities. Nevertheless, the big interest will be the use of the USB Type-C interface on the iPhone.
Apple bows to pressure
Previously, Ming-Chi Kuo claimed that Apple would continue to use the Lightning port for years to come. In the past, there have been reports that Apple would prefer an iPhone without an interface. It would rather rely on wireless charging and wireless data transfer rather than using a USB-C interface. However, with the latest forecast, Apple now appears to be bending the pressure from several factors. Now Apple needs to put the USB-C port on the agenda. It must either provide products with a USB-C interface for the European market or allow all products in the world to use the USB-C port. Anyway, sooner or later it will use the USB-C port.
While the iPhone still uses the Lightning port, a large number of products such as MacBook and iPad have moved to USB-C and support Thunderbolt 3 and even Thunderbolt 4. The latter not only has a very fast transfer speed, but is also compatible with fast charging and DP signals video output.
Some internet users also express their support for the USB-C interface. After all, Apple does not distribute chargers for environmental protection. In the future, the unified interface will also reduce electronic waste and contribute to protecting the ecological environment. But if the future iPhone 15 really takes over the USB-C interface, it’s conceivable that sales of the iPhone 14 series will become alarming.