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Newspaper: Apple tests USB-C charging for iPhone
Pressure from the European Union could end shipping chaos.
Newspaper Bloomberg This weekend, Apple announced that Apple is testing new iPhone models with USB-C charging. (As you know, the round USB connector that is impossible to connect the wrong way). These could be iPhone models designed to please the European Union, which is now in the final race to regulate shipping standards for small electronics. The Federation wants everyone to use USB-C.
Additionally, Bloomberg writes that Apple is in the process of developing a new charger that will handle both future iPhone models with a USB-C port, as well as today’s accessories and devices.
Today, Apple uses its own charging solution for iPhone and iPhone accessories such as AirPods, which is called “Lightning”.
They insisted on continuing this, despite the fact that other gadgets from the company, such as the iPad and MacBook, were gradually updated with the more popular USB-C charging that is also used by Android phones and laptops.
The USB-C charging port is slightly larger than Apple’s Lightning port, but it can charge and transfer data faster. Moving to this standard, Apple will also lose a source of income. Today, they require accessory manufacturers to pay a fee to use their Lightning connector.
Well-known iPhone analyst Mark Gorman leads the way in a Bloomberg article, claiming that the first iPhone models with a new charger won’t hit the market until 2023. This means that this year’s models, which are expected in September, will still use the lightning connector.
This means that everyone who owns an iPhone as well as an iPad, MacBook, and Apple Watch must control several types of chargers for at least another year and a half before conditions improve.
Gorman wrote that the sources he spoke to in connection with the case had good knowledge of Apple’s plans, but did not want to be named because they have a duty of confidentiality.
Apple declined to comment on the Bloomberg case.
In September last year, the European Commission launched a proposal that would force manufacturers of smartphones and most other small electronic devices to use USB-C as a charging solution.
This will mean, for example, that Apple cannot use the Lightning standard on its iPhones, while most competitors have already switched to USB-C and won’t be affected to the same degree.
The rules should also apply to tablets, headphones, cameras, and portable speakers. In addition, they will force manufacturers to make their different types of express charging compatible with each other, as well as the possibility of purchasing products in which the charging block is not included.
The purpose, of course, is to reduce the amount of e-waste we produce. The European Commission estimates that consumers could save 250 million euros, about 2.5 billion NOK, annually by not having to buy different chargers. According to the European Commission, the average consumer owns three mobile phone chargers and uses two of them regularly.
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