Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – The iPhone 15 series has launched. As rumors circulate, the iPhone 15 is now ditching the Lightning cable and replacing it with USB-C.
Apple has announced the latest line of iPhone products consisting of the iPhone 15 Pro Max, iPhone 15 Pro, iPhone 15 Plus, and iPhone 15.
The most significant differences in the latest lineup of iPhone products are the “cables” and “plugs.” Usually, Apple product cables are different from other HP products.
Now, Apple uses the same plug and cable as most Android phones, namely a USB Type-C connection.
So what is the reason Apple finally replaced USB-C? Android Police summarizes at least three reasons behind this decision. The following is the information, quoted Thursday (14/9/2023).
Last year the European parliament launched rules to require all electronics sold in the region to use USB-C. This policy will take effect at the end of 2024.
The European Union argues that the regulation is to reduce electronic waste and give consumers the freedom to make sustainable choices.
Apart from that, this regulation will also eliminate the effect of technology lock-in, where consumers depend on only one producer.
It is clear that this rule is a threat to Apple because so far the iPhone still uses the Lightning port. On the other hand, most Android cellphones have followed these rules long before.
Transfer and Charger Capabilities
Lightning capabilities are reportedly much lower than USB-C. For example, USB-C transfers have reached 40 Gbps, while the Lightning connector was only 480 Mbps in the mid-2000s.
The speed of the iPhone charger with Lightning is known to be up to 20w. Meanwhile, USB-C can reach 240w which shortens charging time.
Another reason is about price. Currently the price of Lightning cables is much more expensive than USB-C.
It is recorded that the price can reach more than IDR 400 thousand. Android Police thinks it’s possible that Apple could reduce charging and data speeds for non-official USB-C cables for battery and cellphone safety.
In addition, companies can also charge more for MFI certification. This is expected to increase cable prices as well.