Apple will have to comply with European Union law and switch the iPhone to a USB-C port, said the company’s head of marketing, Greg Joswiak. He said this at the Wall Street Journal conference in Laguna Beach, California, reports Bloomberg. According to new legislation, from the end of 2024, all new gadgets sold in the European Union must be equipped with a USB-C port for charging.
Greg Joswiak said Apple and the EU have been at loggerheads over chargers for a decade, recalling how European authorities once wanted the company to switch to micro-USB. He said that neither Lightning (the iPhone’s current charging port) nor the now-ubiquitous USB-C would have been invented if that transition had happened.
Apple plans to switch the iPhone to USB-C next year. The company has already moved its Mac computers, many iPads and accessories to USB-C with Lightning.
Joswiak also joined the Snap Inc. founder. Evan Spiegel, who challenged the idea that a virtual world, known as the metaworld, would be the future of computer technology. Metaworld is a word “I will never use,” Joswiak said.
At the same conference, Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering, was asked if the Mac would ever get a touchscreen: “Who knows,” he replied. And in another discussion, Federighi said that the Android version of iMessage will hold back innovation in messaging on iOS because the company won’t be able to invest heavily in the Android version.