US also wants Apple to ditch Lightning for USB-C

From 2024, all smartphones marketed in Europe will have to integrate a USB-C port and nothing else. This choice assumed by the EU to ban all other connectors is essentially an environmental issue, because you can reuse the same cable as your Android smartphone when you arrive in the Apple ecosystem. No need to buy another cable and part with the one you already have!

The United States is about to follow this movement

Although the Lightning is a fantastic connection, it is very far from being dominant in the sector, this is explained by the fact that Apple refuse to share its technology with competing companies. To make life easier for consumers and make a gesture towards the planet, the EU demanded from 2024 that the USB-C port be democratized and compulsory for all smartphone manufacturers. This initiative seems to be shared by three senators in the United States: Ed Markey, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.

Indeed, a letter sent to Gina Raimondo, the Secretary of Commerce of the United States and signed by the three senators briefly explains the consequences of the presence of Lightning in addition to USB-C on the environment and electronic waste. The letter also mentions a certain weariness from consumers who cannot always reuse their accessories when they decide to leave the Android universe to get closer to Apple (or vice versa).

Senators are describing a position that is not no more possible for the planet and users, they openly ask the Secretary of Commerce to follow the European Commission’s recent move to force Apple to remove the Lightning port in favor of integrating USB-C.

We urge you to follow the EU’s lead in developing a comprehensive strategy to address unnecessary consumer costs, mitigate e-waste, and restore sanity and certainty to the process of buying new electronics.

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They conclude the letter by explaining:

We urge you to coordinate with Department of Commerce offices and agencies to develop a comprehensive plan that will protect both consumers and the environment by addressing the lack of a common charging standard for United States. We cannot allow the consumer electronics industry to privilege proprietary and inevitably obsolete charging technology at the expense of consumer protection and environmental health.

Apple has always opposite to the integration of the USB-C port on the iPhone, the firm has chosen to favor its “home” port from the start to the detriment of the generalized connectors on the market. However, given the pressure achieved by the European Union, rumors have claimed in recent months that the first iPhone to offer the USB-C port could land in 2023.

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