UNITED KINGDOM – Apple is expected to kill off hundreds of millions of charging cables this week by giving its new iPhone 15 a standard power connector, according to a report by Online Mail on the United Kingdom.
For years Apple had resisted calls to ditch its ‘Lightning’ charging port for the more prevalent USB-C connector, defiantly insisting buyers used a different charger from every other smartphone.
But the European Union (EU) had passed a law to force all consumer technology firms to use USB-C chargers by December next year.
It was alleged that different chargers created 11,000 tonnes of waste a year.
At one point, there were 33 types of chargers for different brands of smartphone.
Now leaked reports indicated that the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro being unveiled by Apple on Tuesday would have a USB-C port worldwide, not just in Europe.
According to the Mail, Apple had not denied the reports.
For those who used only Apple products, the change meant cables needed replacing – an issue Apple used to lobby against the EU law, saying it would increase waste in the short term.
Apple had already introduced USB-C for iPads and laptops, but dragged its heels over the iPhone.
Apple was reportedly under pressure in China, which had expanded its ban on iPhones to local government workers and state-owned companies, after forbidding central government workers from bringing the mobiles to work.
The ban was a sign of Beijing limiting its reliance on United States technology.
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