Apple is expected to launch the iPhone 14 series of mobile phones this coming September. And as generally expected, these smartphones will also use the regular Lightning interface. However, next year’s iPhone 15 will upgrade to the USB Type-C interface. This is likely in response to the requirements of the European Union. Next week, the European Union and European countries will finalize the legislation that unifies the USB Type-C interface.
According to reports, EU countries and EU parliamentarians will meet on Tuesday (June 7) to discuss and reach a proposal. They will seek to unify the charging interface of mobile phones, tablets, and headphones. The unified interface will be the popular Android USB Type-C interface.
The EU does this for environmental protection reasons. After all, the unified interface can be reused, reducing waste and saving users about 250 million euros per year. In fact, the European Union has been discussing the proposal to unify the interface of digital devices for more than 10 years. Previously, it successfully implemented the policy of unifying most devices with the USB micro-B interface. Today’s proposal will cover more devices, especially Apple’s iPhone. Apple has been vehemently opposing the proposal.
According to reports, the EU is not open for lobbying. The discussion next week will be the second and possibly the last discussion. The EU is determined to promote the agreement on a large scale, and it may even promote the full use of the USB Type-C interface for charging laptops.
In addition, Apple has been opposed to the EU’s forcible unification of the USB Type-C interface, but Apple’s iPad and Mac computers have already used the USB Type-C interface in large quantities. Nevertheless, the major interest will be the use of the USB Type-C interface on the iPhone.