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Apple Confirms the iPhone is Getting USB-C, But Isn't Happy About the Reason Why

Wednesday October 26, 2022. 06:00 PM , from Slashdot
Apple has given its most direct confirmation yet that a USB-C-equipped iPhone will happen, now that the European Union is mandating that all phones sold in its member countries use the connector if they have a physical charger. From a report: When asked by The Wall Street Journal if the company would replace Lightning, Apple's senior vp of worldwide marketing, Greg Joswiak, answered by saying: 'Obviously, we'll have to comply; we have no choice.'

WSJ brought the law up during a talk with Joswiak and software VP Craig Federighi at the WSJ's Tech Live conference and followed up by asking when we can expect to see USB-C on an iPhone. Joswiak replied, 'the Europeans are the ones dictating timing for European customers.' Currently, the law dictates that 'all mobile phones and tablets' will have to use USB-C by 'autumn 2024.' Joswiak refused to answer whether the company would include the connector on phones sold outside the EU. But he made it abundantly clear that Apple isn't happy about being legally coerced into making the switch. Before acknowledging that the company must comply with the law, Joswiak went into a long explanation about how Apple has historically preferred to go its own way and trust its engineers rather than be forced into adopting hardware standards by lawmakers.

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