Final yr the European Union handed laws that may require wired charging units — together with the iPhone — to have a USB-C port with a purpose to be offered within the area. Although Apple has till December 2024 to conform, it’s rumored that the change from Lightning to USB-C will occur with the iPhone 15 fashions (anticipated to launch later this yr).
Nonetheless, a rumor surfaced in February that Apple could also be planning to restrict the charging speeds and performance of USB-C cables that aren’t licensed underneath its “Made for iPhone” (MFi) program and this potential transfer might pose an issue for the corporate, as European Commissioner Thierry Breton sent a letter to Apple warning that limiting the performance of USB-C cables wouldn’t be permitted, and would forestall iPhones from being offered within the EU when the regulation goes into impact.
It’s essential to notice that that is only a rumor, and it stays to be seen whether or not or not Apple will transfer ahead with the alleged plans. Moreover, iPads with USB-C ports don’t at the moment have an authentication chip, so it’s doable that Apple could not embody one within the iPhone 15 fashions both.
Regardless of the warning from the EU, Apple nonetheless has till the tip of 2024 to stick to the regulation — which implies that even when the iPhone 15 fashions are launched with a USB-C port and authentication chip, they’d nonetheless be available on the market earlier than the regulation goes into impact. The EU plans to publish a information to make sure a “uniform interpretation” of the laws by the third quarter of this yr.