Tech editor Dan Howley details how European legislation on universal charging formats for personal devices may affect Apple.
Rachelle AKUFFO: The European Union’s parliament has voted to make USB-C the charging standard for personal electronics, which could have considerable implications for companies like Apple and others. For more on this, let’s bring in Yahoo Finance’s Dan Howley. So what sort of implications are we looking at here, Dan?
DAN HOWLEY: Hey, Rachelle. It is exciting because it means we can say goodbye to the lightning cable once and for all. And this has been something many people have been calling for some time. The USB-C line is universal. It allows for the transfer of data, power, and video. So you can take a USB charger for your MacBook and then plug it straight into a USB-compatible pair of earbuds and then charge them up with it, or with your smartphone and charge it up with it, or transfer video to your TV with it.
So it’s meant to be this universal cable. And Apple hasn’t jumped that train. The iPhone or its AirPods has been something that governments have been looking at, particularly the EU. But also consumer advocacy groups just hoping that consumers wouldn’t have to buy another cable to power their iPhones.
So Apple hasn’t made any announcement yet regarding the future of the iPhone. The most recent iPhone, the iPhone 14 line, still uses lightning rather than USB-C. But it looks like the company will have to change that with the iPhone 15, or whatever it has called, and any future headsets it offers. So we will see that. It’s not foreign to Apple, though. They have it on the Mac and the iPad already.