Apple introduced the Lightning cable with the iPhone 5, and the iPhone 15 will be the first phone since to have a USB-C port.
The iPhone 15 is set to require a USB-C charging cable instead of the Lightning cord.It’s Apple’s first change to the iPhone’s charging port in more than 10 years.The company was under pressure from the EU to change its charging port to a USB-C.
The new iPhone will come with various updates, but the most notable will apparently be its new charging port.
The device is expected to release on Sept. 12 — and its new charging cord could make borrowing a friend’s charger a little more difficult.
The iPhone 14, pictured, features a Lightning port, but Apple announced in 2022 that the new model will have a USB-C port.
The company had faced mounting pressure since 2020 from the European Union to make the change to USB-C charging ports, but it pushed back.
In 2022, the EU agreed on legislation that would require all smartphones sold there to have universal charging ports by fall 2024. India passed a similar mandate in December of the same year. The countries settled on the USB-C, which Apple already uses to charge its latest Macbook and iPad models.
Now, it appears Apple is set to make the change to USB-C to its iPhone charging globally.
The charging change also extends to the latest model of AirPods, according to Bloomberg. The new AirPods Pro will reportedly also feature the USB-C charging port instead of a Lightning port.
Although you won’t be able to borrow a charger from owners of older iPhones, there are many non-Apple devices that also use USB-C cords for power.