Tony Fadell, inventor of the iPod, has said that Apple should include a USB-C port in iPhones, as the European Union has passed a resolution on USB Type-C as the standard charging port.
The debate started when a Twitter user wondered whether the iPod would succeed if Apple were forced to use USB 1.0 instead of the fast FireWire technology.
“I don’t see a problem. The world has converged on USB-C. The physical and user limits have been reached. The next one is wireless per, not a diff physical connection. So I’m not too worried about these regulations. They’re forcing Apple just to do the right thing…it’s honestly too late,” Fadell wrote on Twitter.
“Not in this case. This is only happening because Apple didn’t do the right thing. Period. This is about a monopolistic position, not about technology. I hope after Apple is forced to change the regulations, the regulations will be removed to allow innovation to allow it to continue,” he added.
Earlier, the European Parliament passed a resolution mandating that by the end of 2024 all consumer electronics, including iPhones and AirPods, will use USB Type-C as the standard charging port.
Parliament said the new law is part of a wider EU effort to reduce e-waste and empower consumers to make more sustainable choices.
“After Parliament’s approval, EU consumers will soon be able to use a single charging solution for their electronic devices,” the European Parliament said in a statement.
“By the end of 2024, all mobile phones, tablets and cameras sold in the EU must be equipped with a USB Type-C charging port. From spring 2026, the obligation will be extended to laptops,” it added.
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