The future of iPhone chargers: USB-C, Lightning or wireless?

The world has been gradually embracing USB-C technology as the benchmark for charging and data transfer for years, but Apple looked the change in the face and said, “Not today”, opting for its own Lightning cables instead. on iPhone products.

Thanks to new standards in the European Unionhowever, Apple will eventually be forced to create iPhones with USB-C ports rather than its proprietary Lightning charger.

It’s not a huge leap forward for Apple, actually. Its laptops and computers have been using USB-C ports for quite some time now. But the iPhone has always been an obstacle, which meant that manufacturers and distributors of charging cables had to take account of this exclusive design.

That’s the whole point of the new EU law: minimizing waste by setting a standard for all smartphones, which means people don’t have to buy new cables when they upgrade. an Android to an iPhone, or vice versa. Or, if they already have other USB-C cables around the house, they won’t need to go to the store when they accidentally leave their iPhone cable in a hotel.

Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of global marketing, said the company was toying with European lawmakers but was doing so reluctantly, saying the two sides were “at odds” over the idea of ​​a charger solution. municipality, according to Mac from 9 to 5.

Apple loves its proprietary technology. But as the EU has dictated here, people understand the idea of ​​minimizing tech waste, and that could start with charging cables. So, it’s kind of a draw if Apple will start making iPhones with USB-C ports in the US or other non-EU countries.

Lisa Eadiciccio at CBS posited that Apple would rather ditch the idea of ​​a charging port rather than jump into USB-C worldwide, opting for wireless charging. That’s not out of the question, as Apple has done a lot to bring back MagSafe technology for the latest iPhone versions.

“Consider the trajectory of the iPhone in wireless functionality, and it seems that Apple has gradually laid the foundation for a fully wireless iPhone,” Eadiciccio wrote. “The success of AirPods and Apple’s emphasis on new types of cable-free connections like MagSafe all point in this direction.”

Removing a headphone jack seemed absurd at the time, but Apple did it with the iPhone 7. Is removing the charging port a bridge too far?

Gordon Kelly at Forbes wrote that a portless iPhone is unlikely, less because of the lifestyle change that has come with ditching the headphone jack, and more because of the current quirks that come with a lot of wireless charging.

“Meanwhile, MagSafe’s slow charging speed, heat buildup, and high costs likely won’t make it a practical standalone alternative to wired chargers for several years to come,” Kelly says.

The whole appeal of USB-C, aside from its ubiquity, is that it’s fast. Apple would kind of cut off its nose for spite of its face if it switches entirely to MagSafe rather than just adopting USB-C technology.

Anecdotally, an Uber driver recently complained that his Tesla’s charging mat had overheated his phone to the point where he received an error message and had to let the phone cool down.

These are bugs that can be ironed out over time, but for now it seems like the most logical course of action would be for Apple to just go with USB-C like everyone else.

The problem is that Apple never wanted to be like the others. So, in the meantime, the promotional products industry will still have to navigate around the Lightning cable when designing and selling smartphone accessories.

One day we will probably have some sort of global standard, officially or unofficially. It remains to be seen what it looks like. But, as long as Apple does what it wants, the tech world will always require special attention and construction.

Robert M. Larson