Will Apple switch to more common USB-C cables regardless of EU rules?

Over the past few days, reports are circulating that Apple may be forced to abandon Lightning connector cable due to the pressure from the European lawmakers. The European Union (EU) is considering plans to make life easier for smartphone users by forcing tech firms to follow the same charging method.

Thus, the EU may come up with a rule for a single universal charging cable.

It is believed that if the regulator enforces its proposed regulation, it could create problems for Apple given its different charging options. If this happens, Apple would have to move away from its propriety Lightning cables to a commonly used USB-C charger.


It may be true that the EU is considering implementing a single universal charging cable, but what some analysts also believe that Apple would switch to USB-C eventually even if there is no pressure from the EU.

According to The Sun, Wedbush Securities analyst Dan Ives shared that Apple would likely switch to USB-C for the iPhone 12. A few other analysts also believe that it is only logical for Apple to switch to USB-C for its next-gen iPhone. Paolo Pescatore, of PP Foresight, told The Sun:

No reason why it [Apple] shouldn’t as other Apple products support it [USB-C]

USB-C ports are commonly in use nowadays, and are included on most flagship Android phones. Apple uses Lightning ports on most devices, but a few of its devices feature USB-C ports as well, such as new MacBooks and the iPad Pro. Thus, there are good chances that Apple switches to USB-C.

Talking of beyond the switch to USB-C, most are of the view that the future is wireless. Apple, Samsung and Huawei have already come out with products that charge wirelessly. Though wireless technology is still in early stages, it is considered to be the future. What do you think?

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Aman Jain

Aman is MBA (Finance) and is currently leading VeRa FinServ, a Financial Research firm. He loves to watch science fiction movies, follow latest tech news, play video games and (ofcourse) cricket.