As the launch of the iPhone 15 series draws near, more and more rumors are surfacing that suggest that the series may come equipped with USB-C, and while Apple is expected to switch to USB-C, the EU has warned Apple not to limit the charging speed and other functionality of cables that are not certified under Apple’s “Made for iPhone” program, as per a report by MacRumors. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said in March that “Apple will optimize the fast charging performance of MFi-certified chargers for the iPhone 15.”
For those unaware, Apple has been using the Lightning connector since 2012, and it was only recently that the EU passed a regulation that requires Apple and other manufacturers that use wired charging to switch to USB-C. As per the EU, Apple has until December 24, 2024, to adhere to the new guidelines.
MacRumors has learned that European Commissioner Thierry Breton has sent a warning letter to Apple that says limiting the functionality of USB-C cables would not be permitted and would prohibit iPhones from being sold in the EU region when the law goes into effect—in December 2024.
Also, iPads that currently ship with the USB-C port—evidently—do not enforce the ‘MFi’ limitation. So, it could be possible that given the EU letter and past track record, Apple does away with the MF- limitation for future iPhone cables.
However, it should be noted that this is merely speculation, and Apple may not intend to impose such a restriction at all. As the release of the iPhone 15 series is expected in September, it will not be long before the situation becomes clear.
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