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

But Apple is likely to end up not using either.
Written by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, Senior Contributing Editor

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

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.

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.

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?

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