Everyone in the world of electronics knows how tech is constantly developing improved items.
With Apple, it seems they are making a move with USB-C charging ports.
Currently, Apple products use a Lightning connector for charging their devices.
However, with Apple’s big announcement about new USB-C ports, could it be a fundamental change for them?
Apple Confirms Switch Over To Using USB-C For Devices
As reported by Abhishek Yadav on Twitter, Apple has said they are changing to USB-C.
USB-C for iPhone is confirmed by Apple.
— Abhishek Yadav (@yabhishekhd) October 26, 2022
However, the switch is one they aren’t happy with making.
The decision comes from the EU’s common charger directive over charging port cables.
Next year’s iPhone 15 doesn’t actually have to make the switch to USB-C. Apple can hold off until the launch of the “iPhone 17” in 2025 if it wants to under the EU’s common charger directive.
— Hartley Charlton (@HartleyCharlton) October 4, 2022
While the directive’s goal is to save the planet, some question if this regulation will affect e-waste.
I understand your point of view but I am referring to the European Parliament that started negotiations about common charges from a "reducing e-waste" standpoint. Whether that's going to have a desired effect, well, we'll see.
— Sandra Grabowiec (@SandraGrabowiec) October 26, 2022
With the environment in mind, it’s logical to ask if this will reduce waste.
Both Sides Of USB-C Debate Have Their Own Points
From the standpoint of the EU, they feel that having a “one size fits all” approach to electronics will reduce waste.
This stance actually makes sense if people in a household have both Apple products and other USB-C products.
For them, using one cable for all their devices cuts down on e-waste.
However, for those that are strictly using one brand of product like Apple, this doesn’t affect e-waste.
While the EU has good intentions, the effects of this switch are minimal or at worse, cause more e-waste.
Instead of people being able to use their old Apple chargers on the new Apple products, they must buy new cords.
For people doing this, it makes the USB-C switch for Apple an e-waste disaster.