Apple has been in business for a long time. But many software developers and hardware makers love Apple because the Cupertino-based company also lets them make money. We mean tons of manufacturers make various accessories for Apple products. And we’re not even talking about software developers. Due to its authority, the company has always tried to differentiate itself from others. For example, the interfaces of Apple products differ from others. This will end soon, once the next generation iPhone will have to use the USB C standard like Android smartphones.
Apple will have to accept the new USB C standard
Apple still insists on using the Lightning interface, although most smartphones have switched to the USB C interface. On the contrary, the European Union is pushing for the unification of the USB C interface. Before that, the Commission European Union has adopted relevant resolutions. Recently, the European Parliament approved this bill. Thus, Apple could not avoid this and should also use the USB Type-C interface.
Many might think that the EU wants Apple to play by common rules to balance the competition. But the original intention is related to environmental protection purposes. We mean that the unified interface will allow users to reuse previously purchased accessories and chargers or with other products. Moreover, such an approach will reduce waste and save users about 250 million euros in expenses per year.
According to the resolution adopted by the EU, they will force the promotion of USB C interface from 2024. At that time, Apple will also comply with this regulation in the European market.
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You might think that the European market isn’t that big for Apple. But last year, Apple sold 241 million iPhones, with around 56 million of them in the EU market. This change will therefore have a serious impact on the company.
So there is every reason to think that Apple will switch to USB C standard from the iPhone 15 series in 2023. The latter will improve charging and data transfer speeds by then.