Customers try out the new iPhones at an Apple store as the iPhone 14 series goes on sale on September 16, 2022 in Shanghai, China.
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Apple’s The next iPhone will likely be equipped with USB-C charging, analysts say, after European legislation on common chargers takes a step closer to becoming a reality.
On Tuesday, members of the European Parliament approved a law that requires electronic devices, including mobile phones, tablets and cameras sold in the European Union, to be equipped with a USB Type-C charging port. -C by the end of 2024.
Apple currently uses proprietary Lightning chargers that are different from USB-C. But that may change with the iPhone 15, the next version of the flagship smartphone.
“It is now inevitable that Apple will likely switch to USB-C on the iPhone 15 when it arrives in 2023,” said Ben Wood, senior analyst at CCS Insight.
“My thought is that Apple has already moved to USB-C on the MacBook and iPad Pro, so the transition has started. The iPhone 14 was revolutionary, so the iPhone 15 could be a big step forward in design. Therefore, it would be a good time to do That. The change,” Wood said in a follow-up comment to CNBC.
There are rumors that Apple is investigating USB-C for the iPhone 15, which is what the next device could be called if the tradition continues.
In May, Bloomberg reported that Apple is testing future iPhone models with USB-C charging but those won’t come out until 2023 at the earliest.
Will the iPhone 15 have USB-C charging globally?
If Apple switches to USB-C next year, Bryan Ma, an analyst in the technology industry at IDC, said that the American technology giant will make changes to iPhones around the world, not just in the EU.
“Maybe it makes sense that they’ve got the standard moving to this universal charger instead of doing separate parts, unless they think they’re really doing too much. [money] of those chargers and accessories and that kind of thing it’s still worth it to them to keep that separate,” Ma told CNBC’s “Squawk Box Asia” on Wednesday.
“In their own house, they are already preparing and preparing for what happened in two years,” he added.
The change will bring Apple’s charging ports in line with competitors including Samsung who already use USB-C.
The EU law has been in the works for almost 10 years and looks set to get its final stamp of approval this year.
Lawmakers argue that different charging standards create waste and that the law would mean consumers wouldn’t need to buy a new charger every time they buy a device.
“This is a win for the cause. Although Apple has a large base of lightning-fast devices, the majority of USB-C across consumer electronics means that the compatibility on USB-C it makes perfect sense,” Wood said.