What Apple’s move to USB-C means for you

The way you charge your iPhone and other Apple devices may soon change. Here’s what you need to know.

Introducing the Lightning cable

Apple iPhone customers have grown accustomed to using a Lightning cable to charge their devices since the company first moved away from the pin-style charging connector in 2012. Unfortunately, Lightning cables are only compatible with Apple devices, and that may have just come back to bite the electronics maker.


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changes in Europe

The European Parliament has passed legislation requiring all mobile devices such as smartphones, laptops and wireless headphones sold in all European Union countries to support USB-C charging by 2024, and that would include Apple’s beloved iPhone . According to USA Today

The EU said the new law will save consumers from having to spend money on different charging cables to power their mobile devices. Officials also said the requirements will help curb e-waste from obsolete chargers and prevent consumers from being locked into a particular manufacturer because of a proprietary charging standard.

Will the changes carry over to the US?

Following the new European law on USB-C charging, several lawmakers in the United States have called for changes similar to those in Europe, citing similar concerns about e-waste. This push took place in June 2022. Many other major electronics manufacturers such as Samsung, Motorola, LG, Sony and Google have already switched to USB-C charging for many of their devices.


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Should you keep your Lightning cable or throw it away?

As of now, there’s no word on when we can expect USB-C charging for iPhone devices to come. However, it is fairly safe to assume that this will happen in the US, especially if it will be required in Europe. So what do you do with your Lightning cable? For now, hold on to that and the loading block as well. If you have an iPhone 12 or newer, you probably already have a USB-C charging block to connect to your Lightning cable. Once the changes are rolled out, your charging block should work with any new cable requirements. So while you may need a new cable for your future devices, you should still be fine with the charger and cable you already have for now.

[Source: USA Today]

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