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Apple iPhone 15 can be charged via USB-C after EU law approval

Apple iPhone 15 can be charged via USB-C after EU law approval

Customers try new iPhones at the Apple Store where the iPhone 14 series will go on sale September 16, 2022 in Shanghai, China.

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An apple Analysts have said it’s possible that the upcoming iPhone will come with USB-C charging, after European law on regular chargers took a step closer to becoming a reality.

On Tuesday, lawmakers in the European Parliament approved a law requiring electronic devices, 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 own Lightning chargers that are different from USB-C. But that could change from the iPhone 15, the next version of its flagship smartphone.

“It is now inevitable that Apple will give up and move 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.

“My thinking is that Apple has already moved to USB-C on the MacBook and iPad Pro, so the transition has begun. The iPhone 14 was quite redundant so the iPhone 15 could be a bigger step in design. So, it would be a good time to make the change,” Wood said at Subsequent comments for CNBC.

There are rumors that Apple is exploring USB-C for the iPhone 15, which could be called the next device if traditional naming conventions continue.

in May, Bloomberg You mentioned that Apple is testing future iPhone models with USB-C charging but that it won’t be released until 2023 at the earliest.

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Will the iPhone 15 ship a USB-C port globally?

If Apple switches to USB-C next year, Bryan Ma, a technology industry analyst at IDC, said the US tech giant will make the change to iPhones globally, not just in the European Union.

“It would most likely make sense for them to go out of their way to move to this universally popular charger rather than have to make individual parts, unless they think they really make a lot more. [money] Among those chargers, accessories and that kind of thing is still worth it for them to keep this class,” Ma told CNBC’s “Squawk Box Asia” on Wednesday.

“In their home, they are already preparing and making preparations for the possibility of this happening in a couple of years,” he added.

The change will make Apple’s charging ports compatible with competitors including Samsung that already uses USB-C.

The EU law has taken about 10 years to prepare and looks likely to get its final stamp of approval this year.

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

“This is a triumph of common sense,” Wood said. “Although Apple has a huge base of lightning-cable devices, the ubiquity of USB-C across all consumer electronics products means that formatting over USB-C makes perfect sense.”