But the big news is that USB-C is now going to be the new normal for all mobile devices in the EU region. As part of the deal, manufacturers of e-readers, earbuds and other accessories may also be affected. The biggest trouble after this, though, is going to be Apple. Apple, the biggest brand in the smartphone business, has always been bringing Lightning port. Apple’s iPhones and AirPods still come with the Lightning port instead of the USB-C port. The same port is also used by Apple in its iPad range and MacBooks.
USB-C is now mandated in the EU to reduce the cost of reaching consumers. By using USB-C as a standard port, people will not need to buy new chargers for their new smartphones. This will give a boost to recycling. In addition, USB-C is capable of fast charging almost all types of devices.
The decision to make USB-C mandatory will not make much difference to the big Android based brands like Google, Samsung, Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi etc. This is because these brands have already adopted USB-C as a standard port. At the same time, Apple will have to bring this switch in its popular and high-selling products. The iPhone with its Lightning port comes from 2012 and the AirPods from 2016. Now even in 2022, Apple is stuck on the same old Lightning port. The same lightning port is also available in the iPhone 14 series and AirPods Pro 2nd Gen. It has been talked about for a long time that now Apple should bring USB-C in its products.
However, there are reports that the next-generation iPhone 15 could come with USB-C ports. If Apple wants to sell its next series in EU, then the company will have to take this step. It remains to be seen whether Apple will make its older models iPhone 14 and iPhone 13 available with USB-C later or not?