The iPhone USB- C: Law explained

The iPhone USB- C

So it seems like we get these headlines every few months or so. But this most recent round. Finally verified is a USB C iPhone, but is it? Since this has been discussed for months and months. I’ve had to fight the impulse to make a blog about it first, but now that there is something solid to discuss, let’s get to it.

The European Union has approved legislation

The European Union has approved legislation requiring all phones and gadgets sold in the EU. So it has been simmering for a while a USB C port be present. It unifies one port across everything, including the iPhone, which is not now USPC. And by the way, 602 to 13 voted in favour, so this passed with flying colours.

The Wall Street Journal’s Joanna Stern then discussed it on stage with some Apple employees this past week. She asked Craig Federighi and Greg Jaws about this verdict while holding apples in her hands. Jaws responds in a fairly convoluted, lengthy manner about how the government shouldn’t be issuing these kinds of regulations and maybe creating a lot of issues before concluding, “We don’t want to, but we’ll comply”. We must conform to the rules just like everyone else in the world. Local regulations. And boom—cue the headlines, of course.

Apple states that USB-C is supported on the iPhone. And also claims that iPhones will soon have USB C ports. Apple says USB type C charging will be available for iPhones. But it wasn’t what he actually said.

Apple made it clear that USB C iPhone will not be produced?

Like, once more, keep in mind, that these are very experienced Apple execs conducting a public interview. They are speaking extremely slowly and deliberately. They made it clear they would not that a USB C iPhone will be produced, and there are significant differences. As a result, you can actually pull up and read the document.

That they are all referring to has been passed. Although it’s lengthy, page 27 goes into great detail about the charges that are required. To save your time, it basically states that “if a device can be charged by wired charging for any of these categories, including smartphones, it must have a USB C port and be able to be charged using a USB C cable”.

Furthermore, “according to a press statement from the European Parliament, this will take effect by the end of the 2024 calendar year”. Apple has never explicitly stated that a USB C iPhone will be produced. They would never say that, but I also don’t believe they would ever understand. To start, switching to lightning on the iPhone 5 back then was actually a groundbreaking breakthrough. It appeared to be considerably smaller. Which gave them much more internal space than the venerable 30 pin could support at the time and allowed them to push plenty of power and data.

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Apple created the “Made for iPhone” programme: MFI

So, for a few months, needing to buy a new charging cord caused folks to be irate. But rather rapidly Lightning for the iPhone was sort of just adopted and accepted. Then, Apple created the “Made for iPhone” programme, sometimes known as MFI. which essentially implies they receive a portion of every authorised lightning accessory sold in history. So you want to create a lightning attachment for the iPhone that can actually be taken seriously. You must first get it validated before it can be sold with a 10% discount as MFI built for iPhone from each unit directly to the apple.

I sincerely appreciate it. Like how the Lightning port has brought Apple millions of revenue over the years just from this MFI scheme, but now it’s 2022. Since almost ten years have passed. Lightning is currently a somewhat antiquated port. Lightning kind of stinks now that we’ve advanced and obtained considerably faster charging and data speeds.

Apple has therefore been preparing for their next leap, but a USB-type C was not originally envisioned. They have no port in mind for their upcoming jump. Yes, that is accurate. They have been working toward completely removing the port from the iPhone.

Just after this Apple would prefer to simply do away with the port altogether. After that, use USB type C. On stage, I constantly wonder how they’ll handle it. How frequently do you actually use your phone’s charging connector, for example? I believe they’ll ask themselves at some point.

Now MagSafe is adequate?

Additionally, it has consumed valuable space within the phone, but hey, we had the guts to develop this amazing nudist charging technique, MagSafe. Now MagSafe is adequate. It’s fine in 2022, you know. It uses magnets to attach to the back of the phone and charges at 15 watts, but it doesn’t solve the issue with the sluggish data speed.

And I believe that Apple intended MagSafe to develop and flourish a little bit more quickly than it has, which it kind of hasn’t. However, they will have the 2023 iPhone 15 and the 2024 iPhone 16 to fully push MagSafe before the next iPhone thanks to the new hardcoded date that the EU has imposed. After the cutoff, the iPhone 17 can become port-less.

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Will Apple makes other lightning-compatible devices in addition to the iPhones?

Therefore, it is now extremely simple to imagine a world in which Apple stops including a lightning cord with the newest iPhones and instead starts shipping everyone simply the MagSafe wireless charging plug. Prior to the transition, individuals will need to only become accustomed to wireless charging for a whole two years. Insofar as they can be recharged via cable charging, this is how we currently power all of our phones. Type C USB. They’ll acquiesce. That was also a wise response.

But if it doesn’t charge with wired charging, then yes. Then they won’t require a USB C port, but Apple makes other lightning-compatible devices in addition to the iPhone. By the way, they also make some more accessories that are listed here.

Apple now charges its Magic keyboard, Magic Mouse, and AirPods using Lightning, so they have until 2024 to make the conversion to USB C or Port. However, they have already begun to move in that direction. You may have seen the brand-new Apple TV. This year, charges via USB C rather than Lightning like in prior years. Of course, the new AirPods cases can all be charged using Lightning, but they now include wireless charging that is compatible with MagSafe. Additionally, getting rid of that lightning port in the following two years should be rather simple for them. So the real query is, will MagSafe have developed sufficiently by then?

Will MagSafe have developed sufficiently by then?

To keep people from going crazy will it genuinely work? Because, in order for them to move on and forward from lightning, it should actually be better than lightning. It ought to be a development in technology. And that is the genuine point. And it brings us back to the Jaws original spiel, which I briefly skimmed earlier.

Due to the fact that it contains a lot of self-serving corporate speak and Apple PR. Since he is effectively arguing that we are okay with the government creating regulations with a constructive purpose in mind, I actually agree with practically everything he says there. Right? However, they shouldn’t be overly specific about how to go about doing that in terms of technology.

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Conclusion: The iPhone USB- C

It should be up to the engineers and creative thinkers at these businesses to determine how to do it. Therefore, if the government comes up with a smart tech idea which can happen occasionally—like wanting hearing-impaired individuals to be able to utilise smart. Then okay, good. Then, let the manufacturers actually figure out how to make their phones compatible with hearing aids, and over time, let’s strive to improve that technology.

In this approach, everyone benefits and technology genuinely advances. Therefore, it can seem like a success because USB type C is now required for all wired charging devices because lightning is kind of bad and this is better, but USB type C is already being pushed to its limit. That is also not particularly novel.

Smartphones now have 200-watt charging capabilities and extremely fast data rates. We’ll eventually upgrade to something even better than USB type C in a few years. And what follows? So, coming from Apple of all people, I don’t really want to hear about the ecology and e-waste. We understand that many individuals have lightning cords since you enjoy lighting for that reason. But that didn’t stop you from switching to USB type C for all the other equipment.

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Law will be updated over time to keep up with technology?

Therefore, the actual issue is that the government is being overly prescriptive by mandating USB type C rather than merely setting a general objective, like harmonised charging standards to eliminate e-waste. Furthermore, how much do you trust that the law will be updated over time to keep up with technology?

And with that, I’ll take a USB C iPhone. if what transpires ultimately stems from that. However, that is probably not what will occur. Again, we’ll see, but it might feel like a victory because USB C is currently faster than lightning. But that only applies in the near future. Long-term, I believe, it’s very obvious. Apple has plenty of time to consider how they will obtain theirs. But wireless will prevail if there are cables.

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