According to various sources, Apple’s upcoming iPhone 15 series will use the USB-C interface. Analysts suggest that Apple may encrypt the USB-C interface to secure peripherals such as chargers and data connections. This means that non-MFi certified devices connected to the USB-C port of the iPhone 15 may experience limited charging and data transfer functionality.
The reports about the USB-C interface piqued the interest of EU Industry Commissioner Thierry Breton, who sent a letter of warning to Apple. The letter warned the tech giant that it was not allowed to impose restrictions on third-party USB-C data cables. Breton also warned that the iPhone could be banned from sale if Apple violated this directive. Similarly, the German DPA stated that Apple was made aware of identical information during an EU meeting in March.
It’s worth noting that in October 2022, the European Union passed a similar measure regarding universal charging. In order to reduce electrical waste, such as separate chargers and data cables, the law forces mobile phones and tablets to adopt a unified USB-C interface. The final deadline for device manufacturers to comply with the law is December 2024. However, Apple is widely expected to start promoting the USB-C interface on the iPhone 15 in the near future.
The USB-C interface is a worldwide standard that electronic devices are beginning to adopt. It offers faster charging and data transfer speeds than standard USB ports. If Apple does indeed use the USB-C interface in the iPhone 15, it will be a major step forward for the company. It will also make it easier for iPhone customers, regardless of brand, to use their existing chargers and data cables.
Finally, reports that the iPhone 15 series will use the USB-C interface have raised concerns among European Union regulators. However, it is widely believed that Apple will eventually adopt the USB-C interface to comply with the EU’s call for a global charging standard. The change is likely to benefit iPhone customers, who will benefit from faster charging and data transfer speeds, as well as reduced e-waste.