When the European Union agreed to have the USB-C as a common charger for all phones and tablets sold in its member countries by the autumn of 2024, Apple seemed to be the most affected, but no news was heard from the company. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal’s Joanna Stern. Apple’s SVP of worldwide marketing Greg Joswiak confirmed the company would be making the transition to USB-C connectors for its iPhones.
“Obviously we’ll have to comply, we have no choice.” Joswiak told WSJ when asked if Apple would be switching to the USB-C. In May, Bloomberg reported Apple was testing future iPhone models with USB-C ports, but we won’t see them “until 2023 at the earliest.” Apple’s 2022 iPad and iPad Pro already have the USB-C port. During WSJ’s Tech Live conference with Apple’s software VP Craig Federighi, Joswiak was asked when the iPhone could be expected to make the switch but replied, “the Europeans are the ones dictating timing for European customers.”
Joswiak believes that switching to USB-C from Lightning cable would cause a lot of e-waste and that charging bricks with detachable cables has eliminated the problem of standardization. He confirmed Apple wasn’t happy about the EU law but would have to comply. He did not answer if iPhones sold outside the EU would come with USB-C ports.
Apple has until the fall of 2024 to implement USB-C ports for its iPhones and iPads it will be shipping in the EU.