Apple acknowledges it will have to change the iPhone to USB-C

Apple’s vice president of worldwide marketing, Greg Joswiak, has acknowledged that Apple will have to move iPhone and other devices that still have a Lightning connector to USB-C to comply with the new EU rules.

Speaking at the Wall Street Journal’s Tech Live event, Joswiak, also known as Joz, said Apple ultimately respects the decision made by the EU to require a common charger for all consumer electronics. ‘We have to comply,’ Joz said, indirectly confirming that Apple will move to USB-C in the future.

USB-C will have to be the common port on a wide range of consumer electronics, including the iPhone and AirPods, by the end of 2024, according to rules put forward by the EU.

At the Wall Street Journal’s Tech Live event, Apple’s Craig Federighi and Greg Joswiak discussed a wide range of topics, including USB-C on iPhone, why iPadOS still lacks a calculator app, iMessage on Android, and more .

Federighi and Joz discussed the pace of innovation in the iPhone, including whether or not smartphones have gotten boring and whether or not the iPhone needs a new model every year.

During their interview, Federighi and Joz also discussed Apple’s transition to Apple Silicon on the Mac, Apple’s stance on privacy, and Apple’s return to in-person work and the controversy surrounding it. The full 35-minute interview can be viewed via a replay of the live broadcast on the Wall Street Journal’s Twitter account.


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