Follow GizChina, Apple is considered the only company having trouble with the new EU regulations because so far most Android OEMs have switched from the old microUSB standard to USB-C. Currently, only a few Android smartphones in the low-cost segment have micro-USB ports, so it won’t be too difficult for Android OEMs to adapt.
Meanwhile, Apple has the Lightning port standard throughout the iPhone line. Even the recently released iPhone 13 series uses Apple’s proprietary standard.
Lightning will no longer fit on future iPhones
Not long ago, Apple stated that forcing companies to switch to USB-C would stifle innovation. Now, the EU is publishing a statement that goes against that claim as it says it’s essential to use USB-C as the new standard.
In a recent interview, EU Consumer Protection Commission Chairwoman Anna Cavazzini said the proposal presents an opportunity for the adoption of another standard in the future. If something better emerges then nothing will stop companies from evolving to a new standard.
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Apple currently uses the Lightning port exclusively for iPhones, while most iPads and MacBooks charge via USB-C. It’s not clear exactly why the company continues to use Lightning in the iPhone. Previously, the company used the excuse of e-waste to oppose this proposal.
Much discussion remains before the EU proposal becomes a mandatory requirement.