Apple iPhone could be forced to use USB-C instead of Lightning

But Apple is likely to end up not using either.

Once again, the 27-nation European Commission is out to pressure electronics manufacturers to develop a common charger for smartphones and other devices.

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Since most manufacturers are using USB-C or microUSB, Apple is the biggest name in the Commission's crosshairs.

According to Reuters, legislation is currently being drafted following a vote last year to push for a common charger. The Commission cites environmental concerns and user convenience as the reasons behind the push.

Apple has claimed that switching from Lightning to USB-C would create an "unprecedented amount of electronic waste" and disrupt "hundreds of millions of active devices and accessories used by our European customers."

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So, will your next iPhone have a USB-C port?

The European Commission has had a long-standing interest in unifying smartphone and other device chargers. This has been brewing for years, and it comes from a time when pretty much every device had a different charger.

Back in 2019, the Commission suggested five options for chargers.

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European Commission

Now that things have settled down and chargers have become somewhat unified, the problem doesn't seem as big as it once was.

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But the Commission is still interested in this.

My take is that Apple will never shift the iPhone to USB-C. Instead, what I see happening is that the iPhone will become portless. The roadmap for making the shift to a portless iPhone became clear as soon as Apple released the MagSafe charger line.

The future is not USB-C. The future is portless.

Where this leaves Lightning accessories remains to be seen. After all, Apple itself claimed that a shift from Lightning would result in an "unprecedented amount of electronic waste," so I assume that a shift to a portless design would do the same.

But we'll have to wait and see.

What are your thoughts? Would you prefer a portless iPhone, or do you want Lightning to continue?