Skip to main content

Digital Trends may earn a commission when you buy through links on our site. Why trust us?

The EU will reportedly vote for USB-C iPhones next week

The EU is reportedly planning to vote in favor of a landmark regulation that will mandate the adoption of USB-C for smartphones and tablets, forcing Apple to drop the Lightning port on iPhones. According to a Reuters report, EU lawmakers and delegates are set to meet at an event on June 7. During that meeting, the proposal for universally adopting the USB-C port will be agreed upon as the unified standard for all phones and tablets sold in the region.

“The trilogue next Tuesday will be the second and likely the final one between EU countries and EU lawmakers on the topic,” says the report, hinting that the remarkable manifesto will finally get the approval and get enacted as law. The debate around a universal charging standard was broached nearly a decade ago, but in the years that followed, Android makers have moved to the USB-C ports to a large extent. Apple, meanwhile, has remained loyal to the cause of its proprietary port on iPhones.

A blue iPhone 12 sits next to a lightning charger.

In September last year, the European Union outlined its plan to harmonize USB-C as the default charging solution for all phones and tablets sold in the area. The ultimate goal is to reduce the growing environmental stress from electronic waste while also saving the average consumer from spending more money on different kinds of cables and adapters depending on the gadgets in their pockets.

The current target is 2024 for the legislation to be enforced, allowing enough time for device manufacturers to make the transition. Once implemented, it would be illegal for a brand to sell devices lacking a USB-C port. Of course, Apple stands to lose the most. Apple has vehemently lobbied against such rules, arguing that they would slow down innovation.

In February 2022, we heard chatter that the USB-C legislation might be adopted by the end of this year. In addition to phones and tablets, the plans are to eventually extend the USB-C mandate to more categories like headphones, cameras, and video game consoles. A few months later in April, members of the European Parliament voted overwhelmingly in favor of standardizing the USB-C port.

Apple is already there, sort of

Apple, despite showing its public reluctance toward the EU’s plans, has gradually warmed up to the idea. The USB-C port first arrived on the pricey iPad Pro, and then made its way to the cheaper iPad Air and iPad mini tablets. But the tablets are nowhere close to matching the iPhone’s sales figures, and with it, the potential to sell Lightning cables and charging adapters for the phones that now lack these accessories in the retail package.

Let there be smartphone port harmony!

But it looks like Apple is at least experimenting with putting a USB-C port on iPhones. As per a Bloomberg report, Apple is testing iPhones that ditch the proprietary Lightning interface in favor of a USB-C port for charging and file transfer. Additionally, the company is also said to be testing adapters that would work with accessories that were designed with the Lightning port in mind.

The switch to a USB-C iPhone isn’t supposed to happen until 2023 at the earliest. That gives Apple the necessary headroom to prepare for the EU’s proposed 2024 deadline for adopting the USB-C standard. That means a USB-C iPhone 14 is almost guaranteed to not happen, but when the iPhone 15 eventually comes around, that’s when things may get interesting.

Editors' Recommendations

Nadeem Sarwar
Nadeem is a tech journalist who started reading about cool smartphone tech out of curiosity and soon started writing…
OpenAI’s new ChatGPT app is free for iPhone and iPad
The ChatGPT website on an iPhone.

OpenAI has just launched a free ChatGPT app for iOS, giving iPhone and iPad owners an easy way to take the AI-powered tool for a spin.

The new app, which is able to converse in a remarkably human-like way, is available now in the U.S. App Store and will come to additional countries “in the coming weeks,” OpenAI said. Android users are promised their own ChatGPT app “soon.”

Read more
iOS 16.5 is bringing two exciting new features to your iPhone
apple launches ios 16 5 new pride wallpapers more wallpaper update

After about a month in the beta testing stage, Apple is finally rolling out iOS 16.5 to the public. This is a surprisingly nice update, as it includes a few new features and some bug fixes.

One of the headliner features of the iOS 16.5 update is the addition of new Pride Celebration wallpapers. This wallpaper can be used for the lock and home screens, and it is meant to honor the LGBTQ+ community and culture. This wallpaper is being released ahead of the Apple Watch Pride Edition Sport Band, which will be available starting on May 24.

Read more
I hate my iPhone’s keyboard, but this app made it better
Theming on SwiftKey

The iPhone does a lot of things right. From serving a secure environment, a smooth operating system, unmatched performance, and consistently good cameras, there are plenty of practically justifiable reasons to overlook any of the best Android phones in favor of a pricey iPhone.

Interestingly, Apple tends to take a conservatively slow approach when it comes to smartphone innovations and only serves them after nearly near-perfecting the formula. But the default iPhone keyboard is a tale of stagnation. Or, to put it more accurately, it’s absurdly feature-devoid and depressingly non-exciting.

Read more