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Apple confirms adding new features to iPhone, USB-C and more

Apple isn’t happy about being legally coerced into making the switch

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Apple confirms adding new features to iPhone, USB-C and more

Apple isn’t happy about being legally coerced into making the switch

Apple confirms adding new features to iPhone, USB-C and more

Apple has given its most direct confirmation yet that a USB-C-equipped iPhone will happen now.

It comes amidst the reports that the European Union is mandating that all phones sold in its member countries use the connector if they have a physical charger.

When asked by The Wall Street Journal’s Joanna Stern if the company would replace Lightning, Apple’s senior VP of worldwide marketing, Greg Joswiak, answered: “Obviously, we’ll have to comply; we have no choice.” 

But he also 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 an explanation about how Apple has preferred to go its own way and trust its engineers rather than be forced into adopting hardware standards by lawmakers. 

He cited the examples of Micro USB and hearing aid compliance as situations where Apple has been pushed to meet ill-considered requirements. 

He also suggested that charging bricks with detachable cables have mostly solved the issue of standardisation and claimed that switching the iPhone from Lightning to USB-C would cause lots of e-waste.

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