Though Apple Inc. AAPL said that it will comply with the EU mandate on USB-C ports, there may be a catch.
What Happened: Apple said at the end of October that it would stop using the Lightning port to comply with new EU rules regarding USB-C charging for mobile devices. But what if a device does not have ports at all and instead can charge wirelessly — then a USB-C port will not be necessary.
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Decoding the fine lines between EU mandates and Apple’s confirmation to comply with the law, tech YouTuber Marques Brownlee shared a video with his 16.3 million subscribers.
In the video, quoting the law, Brownlee said, “If a device (including smartphones) is capable of being charged via wired charging, it shall have a USB-C port and be able to be charged by a USB-C cable.” He added, “Apple never specifically said that they’ll make a USB-C iPhone."
Apple has been working towards their next jump, but according to Brownlee it “wasn’t USB Type-C” — it was no port at all, he said. The no-port technology being referred to here is MagSafe.
“MagSafe doesn’t solve the slow data speed problem, but it does slap onto the back of the phone with magnets and charge at 15 watts," said Brownlee.
“Now it becomes very easy to see a world where Apple stops giving you a Lightning cable with the newest iPhones but just starts giving everyone MagSafe wireless charging puck in the box," said the YouTuber.
“They’ll comply. But if it (a smartphone) doesn’t charge via wired charging at all, then they don’t need a USB-C port. The real question is, will MagSafe be advanced enough by then,” Brownlee concluded.
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