Apple has confirmed that a USB-C port will be added to the iPhone in order to comply with the latest European Law, which requires that all phones sold in its member countries use the same connector.
The new EU law mandates that USB Type-C be the industry standard for data transfer and charging on all portable devices. Based on a report, all smartphones, tablets, and digital cameras in Europe will have USB-C connectors by the end of 2024.
The Wall Street Journal asked Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior VP of worldwide marketing, if Apple would replace Lightning. He answered that:
“Obviously, we’ll have to comply; we have no choice.” and added that there is no exact date when to expect iPhone to have type c as they are only following the European Parliament, “the Europeans are the ones dictating timing for European customers.”
Additionally, Joswiak has made it obvious that Apple is not pleased with the transition from lightning to USB-C connectors, but they were obliged to do so in order to comply with the law.
It is still unclear if Apple will focus on wireless charging on the iPhone, which bypasses the required law since it does not require any physical ports in the phone. However, based on Joswiak’s statement, it might be implied that iPhone users in the EU may expect to have USB C by the end of 2024.