Future iPhones will offer a USB-C port, Apple executive confirms

Future iPhones will offer a USB-C port, confirmed Greg “Joz” Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.

Apple's Lightning port
Apple’s Lightning port

Mark Gurman for Bloomberg News:

Apple Inc. will have to comply with a European Union law to switch the iPhone to a USB-C charger …

Joswiak said the company will comply with other laws. He declined to specify when the iPhone could get the charger to replace Lightning. He made the comments at a Wall Street Journal conference in Laguna Beach, California.

He said Apple and the EU had been at odds over chargers for a decade, recalling how European authorities once wanted Apple to adopt Micro-USB. He said neither Lightning, the iPhone’s current charging port, nor the now ubiquitous USB-C would have been invented if that step happened.

Apple plans to switch the iPhone to USB-C next year, Bloomberg News reported. The law comes into force in 2024.

MacDailyNews takes: As expected.

Again, any government – or, in this case, an extra-national quasi-government –ish body – imposing technology will stifle innovation. Is a mistake. Fortunately, in this case, it won’t matter much. Apple’s iPhones are moving towards port-less, and if there is an overlap with USB-C iPhones for a few years, the e-waste created will be minimized.

It’s not a question of Lightning and USB-C. The problem is the imposition of a certain standard and the stifling innovation. Idiot bureaucrats never seem to consider the unwanted consequences, no matter how obvious they are. This is, as usual, a “sounds great, oh wait” mistake. (They never even seem to be able to imagine, much less consider and ponder the “oh, wait” part.)

If you think the EU will move quickly all of a sudden (it took over a decade to code (almost, not quite yet) this mistake), with the same speed with which a technology company like Apple keeps up with innovation, either you are a rube or you are less than eight years old.

USB-C is the wired port now, at least in the EU (and therefore everywhere; no one will make EU-specific devices which comprises a whopping 5.8% of the world’s population), practically forever.

The big government, almost or not, is slow and tied to its own bureaucracy. If something much better comes along, the EU will not magically change its mandate. In fact, what’s the incentive to create a better USB-C port now? Not only do you have to convince tech companies adoption as usual, but now you are also tasked with lobbying nightmare and spending and getting a number of EU bureaucrats to quickly agree to change their USB-C mandate.

Forget innovation in wired connectivity. Now he’s dead.

Do not you think? Look and see. “iCal” us. – MacDailyNews, October 4, 2022

This is just a useless bureaucratic interference in the market, slow as molasses; a stick in the spokes that, in the end, will be like imposing a stroller whip for every cart sold, twenty years after the advent of the automobile.

If the EU had passed such a law when it was this suffocating madness for innovation at first proposed, we would all still be stuck with MicroUSB today!

Anyway, soon Apple’s iPhones will have no ports. As it still stands today, the Lightning port on our iPhones is a largely superfluous entry point for liquids and dust. If anything, this misleading and shortsighted EU move only accelerates Apple’s move to portless iPhones with even better water and dust resistance. – MacDailyNews, June 3, 2022

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