Bye bye Lightning, in Europe the iPhone will have USB-C or nothing

It’s been a while since one evokes the end of the Lightning port on the iPhone. Of course, Apple wants to continue using its proprietary port. However, the European Union could force the Cupertino company to adopt the USB-C port for charging and transferring data to the iPhone.


Currently, draft legislation on a universal port and cable for all electronic devices is currently under consideration in the EU. And this week, this proposal passed a major milestone in the European Parliament.

Indeed, the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee (IMCO) has just adopted a position on this draft legislation.


“The new rules would ensure consumers no longer need a new charger and cable every time they buy a new device and can use one charger for all their small and large electronic gadgets. medium size. Mobile phones, tablets, digital cameras, earphones and headphones, portable video game consoles and portable speakers, rechargeable via a wired cable, should be equipped with a USB Type-C port, regardless of the manufacturer. The exemptions would only apply to devices too small to have a USB Type-C port, such as smartwatches, health trackers and certain sports equipment”reads a press release from Parliament.

During the vote, 43 MEPs voted for, while 2 voted against. The next step will be adoption by all of Parliament. The vote will take place in May, during the plenary session. Once this vote has been taken, the Parliament will be able to negotiate with the governments of the European Union in order to put in place a final version.


As a reminder, the legislative proposal was tabled by the European Commission in September. And the Council adopted its negotiating position in January.

At this time, it is not clear when these new rules could come into force, since the timing will depend on the progress of the negotiations. But if an agreement is reached between the European Parliament and the Council in 2022, the member countries will then have two years for implementation.

In the meantime, the USB-C iPhone already exists, but not officially

While waiting for these EU rules, know that it is already possible to modify an iPhone in order to replace the Lightning port with a USB-C. A developer demonstrated this by modifying his iPhone X. Moreover, as part of another experiment, this one also demonstrated that it is possible to replace the USB-C of a Samsung by a port Lightning, although that’s completely unnecessary.


For its part, Apple does not seem ready to give in. Moreover, according to rumors, instead of adopting USB-C, the Cupertino company would still consider improving the Lightning in order to increase the speed of file transfer.

It should be noted that there are significant economic issues. Indeed, the Lightning port being an Apple proprietary technology, the Cupertino company earns royalties when companies sell accessories using this technology.

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