iPhone owners will need new cables as Apple is forced to use the USB-C connector by 2024

Apple will be forced to use a new charging connector for iPhones by 2024.

A new EU law has been passed that says all phones, tablets and electronic devices must have USB-C charging ports.

Apple is forced to abandon the Lightning port

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Apple is forced to abandon the Lightning portCredit: Alamy
Apple is currently charging £19 for a USB-C to USB-C charging cable

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Apple is currently charging £19 for a USB-C to USB-C charging cableCredit: apple

All recent iPhone models ship with Apple’s own proprietary power connector: Lightning.

But that will soon change as the European Parliament voted overwhelmingly to enforce UCB-C by the end of 2024.

That means several Apple Gadgets will be forced to make the switch, including the iPhone and the popular AirPods wireless earbuds.

“By the end of 2024, all mobile phones, tablets and cameras sold in the EU must be equipped with a USB Type-C charging port. From spring 2026, the obligation will also extend to laptops,” according to the European Parliament.

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“Under the new regulations, consumers will no longer need a different charger every time they buy a new device, as they can use a single charger for a whole range of small and medium-sized portable electronic devices.”

The EU’s preferred charging port is called USB-C.

It is a widely used type of charging and data transfer port today, having been introduced in mid-2014.

The male end of the cable is a bit thicker and much wider than Apple’s Lightning cables, but they do much the same job.

However, while Lightning connectors are exclusively used on Apple devices, USB-C connectors are now very common.

Most flagship Android phones now have USB-C ports.

And several Apple products already include USB-C, including MacBooks and the iPad Pro.

Apple also introduced a USB-C tip on one end of the charger with the iPhone 11 — but the phone connector remained Lightning.

Hot swap

The new decision is an EU directive, meaning it only affects products sold in Europe.

But it’s possible that Apple will simply push USB-C further to make manufacturing easier – including in the UK and US.

“It’s now inevitable that Apple will have to capitulate and move to USB-C on the iPhone 15 when it arrives in 2023,” said industry analyst Ben Wood of CCS Insight.

“This is a victory for common sense. Although Apple has a huge installed base of wired lighting devices, the ubiquity of USB-C across all consumer electronics products means that aligning on USB-C makes perfect sense.

“Regardless of whether the UK government mandates the move to USB-C or not, UK consumers will get the technology by default. It won’t make sense for consumer electronics manufacturers to offer devices with anything else.”

The switch renders current iPhone cables unusable with the new model, forcing fans to buy new replacement cables when upgrading their handset.

It would also mean replacing any Lightning Connector accessories or buying an adapter.

change everything

The new iPhone cable would be Apple’s third in just over 15 years.

Apple’s first iPhones used the massive 30-pin dock connector before the company abruptly switched to Lightning connectors in 2012.

The move rendered all the old charging cables unusable, and the same could happen again.

The new EU directive comes as a blow to Apple, which previously opposed the proposals.

“Regulations that would push compliance for all plug types built into all smartphones freeze innovation rather than encourage it,” Apple’s Claire Darmon told the EU in 2019.

“Such proposals are bad for the environment and unnecessarily disruptive to customers.

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Analysts expect Apple to transition the iPhone to USB-C as early as 2023 with the rumored iPhone 15.

However, Apple hasn’t confirmed when USB-C will arrive on the iPhone.

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