Apple’s iPhone 15 ditches Lightning port for USB-C

As many had expected, Apple revealed that its new iPhone 15 would adopt USB-C in favor of its proprietary “Lightning” connector. The move is in response to new European Union regulations mandating that all devices be compatible with the former.

The EU passed a law in June 2022 requiring all new devices to be compatible with USB-C by late 2024. European lawmakers argued that doing so would reduce electronic waste while saving money for consumers. (Read: EU agrees to force USB-C on Apple’s iPhone)

“USB-C has become a universally accepted standard. So we’re bringing USB-C to iPhone 15,” said Apple’s Vice President of iPhone Marketing Kaiann Drance during a launch event.

Prior to the change, Apple had contested the law as unnecessary and argued that its own Lightning chargers were more secure than USB-C.

It should be noted that, despite Apple’s opposition to using USB-C on the iPhone, the company is part of the USB Implementers Forums that designed USB-C.

The iPhone 14 is getting more changes to satisfy new regulations on top of USB-C. The new phone will also be supposedly easier to repair. Specifically, the new phone comes with a new structural frame that makes it easier to repair the glass on both sides of it.

With current iPhones, any damage on the back glass requires the phone to be completely dismantled if the user doesn’t have access to specialized equipment. That won’t be the case for the new phone.

This move is likely in response to new right-to-repair regulations that are popping up in the U.S. and the rest of the world. Prior to this, Apple had already softened its stance against right-to-repair, making official repair kits available for purchase from its site, as well as supporting right-to-repair legislation.

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