Apple is expected to switch from its proprietary Lightning port to a USB-C port on its upcoming iPhone 15 models. While the tech giant has until December 2024 to comply with the EU legislation that requires devices with wired charging to have a USB-C port, reports suggest that Apple will make the change sooner rather than later.
According to recent rumors, Apple will include an authentication chip in the USB-C port on the iPhone 15 models. This chip will confirm the authenticity of the USB-C cable connected. Then, those “Made for iPhone”/MFi-certified chargers will have optimized fast charging performance. This raised concerns among consumers and industry watchers.
EU to Apple: No, you can’t limit the performance of uncertified USB-C cables
The European Commission has warned Apple that such actions would not be permitted. Reports also said that would prevent iPhones from being sold in the EU when the law goes into effect. The EU aims to publish a guide to ensure a “uniform interpretation” of the legislation by Q3 2023. This came as no surprise as it seeks to ensure consumer choice in the third-party accessory market.
If Apple moves forward with the alleged plan to limit the functionality of uncertified USB-C cables, it could have significant implications for the third-party accessory market. Consumers may face limited options and higher prices. It could also create further barriers for small accessory makers entering the market.
The EU’s warning to Apple is a reminder that companies must adhere to legislation and regulations set forth by governing bodies. It also highlights the importance of promoting an open and competitive market for consumers, including allowing third-party accessories to function properly with devices.
In the past, Apple’s proprietary Lightning port has been a source of frustration for consumers and third-party accessory makers alike. The move to USB-C will bring greater standardization and compatibility across devices. However, we’re yet to discover how Apple will handle the transition and its impact on the third-party accessory market.