“Regulators should not dictate the choice of interface,” he said. says one Telegraph reader. Posted by charnsitr/iStock Editorial
Apple has unveiled its new iPhone 15 lineup, and there's one startling change—the Lightning charging port is gone, replaced by a USB-C port—and not everyone is happy about it
The update comes in line with a 2022 European Union law that requires all small electronic devices, including smartphones, tablets and headphones, to use a universal jack. It was introduced with the goal of reducing the number of obsolete cables and adapters ending up in landfill and making it easier for consumers to charge their devices.
Some experts have expressed concern that if new and improved port technology is created, EU law will ban its use and stifle product innovation.
In an exclusive poll by The Telegraph, 77% of more than 2,600 Telegraph readers named the USB-C charging cable as the best option for consumers, and 23% are still fans of their Lightning cables.
Apple iPhone Charging Cable
While the majority of readers who voted were in favor of standardizing the new charging cable, a more controversial story was told in the comments section.
Read on to find out the best. discussion and join the conversation in the comments section.
“If you root for the arrogant EU bureaucracy, you are a turkey voting for Christmas.”
Many readers have expressed concern that the European Union may impose legal restrictions on technological innovation.
Reader Mark Westsays: “While I despise Apple's anti-competitive behavior, regulators should not dictate interface choices—that would stifle innovation and discourage development of the next best product. This is especially true when we talk about the technologically backward and slow-moving giant that is the EU.”
Similarly, AJM Reesestates: “If you applaud arrogance, EU Bureaucracy, you are a Christmas-voting Indian. Just not as smart as a turkey. When someone invents (and they probably will) a connector better than USB-C, it will automatically be banned by the EU, and that's how they stifle innovation. How many tech companies are there in the EU? None.”
Another reader, K. Boyer.shares: “I don’t understand why the EU chose this other than for political reasons. The corresponding items are small. Imagine how much more efficient and reusable it would be if different car manufacturers shared parts that were much larger and more environmentally damaging.”
“This story epitomizes the failure of Brexit”
” This story epitomizes the failure of Brexit.” Nigel Harveybegins. He suggests that “the UK had no say in this decision, which was taken by EU member states. And Apple could theoretically continue to sell previous ports in the UK. But they won't do it. Because it doesn't make commercial sense. Now we are the ones who make the rules, not the ones who make them.”
Anthony Dalyconcerned about what will happen when other countries decide on their own cable TV rules that conflict with the EU: “So what happens when the US requires all mobile devices to be USB-D compatible and China requires all mobile were the devices compatible with USB-E? That's where the madness lies.”
“It's very inconvenient to use different cables for different purposes.”
However, Anthony Dalybelieves that “the EU should adopt laws to standardize: laptop chargers, power tool chargers, wireless vacuum chargers, TV power supply.” adapters, cordless razor adapters, cordless toothbrush adapters and wireless charger adapters. It's very inconvenient to use different cables for different purposes.”
One reader, Teemu Ilmonen, is glad that the new iPhone will use standardized charging: “This change means that as soon as I upgrade until the new iPhone, I will finally be able to charge my laptop, phone, and power bank with the same cord. Much less hassle when traveling, especially if one cable breaks.”
Apple's iPhone has used its own Lightning port since 2012. Because the company owns the designs, it charges manufacturers a licensing fee for permission to create accessories. The non-standard Lightning port also limited choice for iPhone users, who couldn't use it with a number of more affordable, non-Apple-approved accessories.
“Getting Apple to act in the best interests of its users is a real achievement,” he says. says a Telegraph reader. Photo: NIC COURY/AFP. “These changes will be for the better.”
Dilip Damlesays: “The changes will be good. Apple charges too much for the Lightning cable. USB cables are compatible with many other devices.”
“Well done, EU!” Announces Graham Dench. “Getting Apple to act in the best interests of its users is a real achievement. The lack of further proliferation of different connectors can only be a good thing.”
Peter Jonessays it is “a brilliant move from the EU. USB-C is the standard. Same cable for everything. Large iPads already use USB-C, still want to use USB-A? Buy an adapter, they're as cheap as chips.”
“It will save a lot of waste over time.”
Reader Bilzo Bobby praises the environmental benefits of these changes: “This may be controversial, but I I think this is a great idea from the EU. Over time, this saves a lot of waste.”
Beware of cheap third-party electronics purchased online.
Although every iPhone 15 comes with a USB-C cable, every iPhone 15 comes with a USB-C cable. The -C power adapter to connect it is not included, so users will have to pay around £20 extra for an official Apple plug to charge their iPhone.
iPhone 15 prices
John Young Can't Believe How Much Apple Charges for a USB-C Adapter: “Stop the World! Is Apple really selling a charger for just £20?
On the same topicJ. Thomasrecommends third-party USB-C adapters: “If you want an Apple-branded product, you can expect to pay for it. If instead you want a cable that is fully USB-C compliant and does the same function, you can pay much less by shopping on Amazon.”
However, Richard Packer warns against buying low-quality USB-C adapters: “Beware of cheap third-party electronics purchased online. They may not meet electrical safety standards. Find a reputable brand from a reputable supplier and be prepared to pay a little more to avoid potential fire risks. Been there and learned the lesson: buy low, buy twice.”
Do you think the EU is wrong to order USB-C, or will this change benefit consumers? Please share your views in the comments section below.