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Apple’s iPhone 15 could have USB-C charging after European legislation is approved


Customers try out new iPhones at an Apple store as the iPhone 14 series goes on sale on September 16, 2022 in Shanghai, China.

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Apple’s next iPhone is likely to come with USB-C charging, analysts have said, after a European law on common chargers moved closer to reality.

On Tuesday, lawmakers in the European Parliament approved a law requiring electronics, including cell phones, tablets and cameras sold in the European Union, to be equipped with a USB Type-C charging port. by the end of 2024.

Apple currently uses its proprietary Lightning chargers which are different from USB-C. But that could change starting with the iPhone 15, the next version of its flagship smartphone.

“It is now inevitable that Apple will have to capitulate and switch to USB-C on the iPhone 15 when it arrives in 2023,” Ben Wood, chief analyst at CCS Insight, said in a note earlier this week. .

“I think Apple has already moved to USB-C on MacBook and iPad Pro, so the transition has started. iPhone 14 was pretty iterative, so iPhone 15 might be a bigger step in the design. Therefore, now would be a good time to make the switch,” Wood said in follow-up comments to CNBC.

There are rumors that Apple is exploring USB-C for the iPhone 15, which is what the next device might be called if the traditional naming convention continues.

In May, Bloomberg reported that Apple was testing future iPhone models with USB-C charging, but those won’t be released until 2023 at the earliest.

Will the iPhone 15 have USB-C charging worldwide?

If Apple switches to USB-C next year, IDC tech industry analyst Bryan Ma says the US tech giant will make the switch for iPhones around the world, not just in the world. EU.

“It would most likely make sense for them to get the scale of moving to this globally common charger rather than having to make individual parts, unless they think they’re really doing so much [money] out of those chargers and accessories and that kind of stuff that it’s still worth it for them to keep that separate,” Ma told CNBC’s “Squawk Box Asia” on Wednesday.

“In their own home they are already preparing and preparing for the eventuality a few years from now,” he added.

The change would align Apple’s charging ports with those of competitors, including Samsung, which already use USB-C.

The EU legislation took around 10 years to draft and is likely to get final approval this year.

Lawmakers argue that different charging standards create waste and the law will mean consumers won’t need to buy a new charger every time they buy a device.

“It’s a win for common sense. Although Apple has a huge installed base of Lightning Cable-powered devices, the ubiquity of USB-C in all consumer electronics means that the harmonization over USB-C makes perfect sense,” Wood said.

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