Currently, most smartphones come with a USB-C connector, some with a micro-USB connector, while iPhones come with Apple’s Lightning connector. In recent years, the European Union has discussed the rules for standardizing chargers for mobile phones and similar devices, which will benefit consumers and will limit electronic waste. The European Union has received feedback from the public and technology companies in recent years and a draft law on the subject is expected to be published later this year.
As we all know, Apple wants to make money from accessories, and the flash connector that is available on the iPhones is the key. To make an accessory that is compatible with an iPhone’s flash connector, each accessory manufacturer must purchase and pay for an Apple license. This is the main reason why Apple doesn’t want a USB-C (open standard) connector for the iPhone. Apple even gave official feedback to the EU, which rejects the idea of having a common charging port in all smartphones. You can read about this below.
Apple stands for innovation. Regulations that promote the conformity of all connector types built into smartphones freeze innovations instead of promoting them. Such suggestions are environmentally harmful and unnecessarily disturb customers.
More than 1 billion Apple devices were shipped with a Lightning connector. In addition, there is an entire ecosystem of accessory and device manufacturers who use Lightning to serve customers together. We want to make sure that new laws do not result in unnecessary cables or external adapters being shipped with every device, or that the devices and accessories used by millions of Europeans and hundreds of millions of Apple customers worldwide are out of date. This would lead to an unprecedented volume of electronic waste and considerable inconvenience to users. The disruption of this huge customer market will have consequences that go far beyond the Commission’s stated objectives.
There is a high possibility that the European Union will pass a law that will force all device manufacturers to use standard USB-C ports in their devices. If the law is passed, Apple will need to use the iPhone’s USB-C port. You can also make different iPhones not only for the EU region. Apple will therefore be forced to switch to the USB-C port for iPhones worldwide. If this happens, I think it would be great for consumers. Consumers do not have to buy and carry different cables to charge their different devices. Hotels and other facilities can use USB-C charging cables for everyone.