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Brazil considering rule that will make Apple use USB-C on the iPhone

Sometimes, the force to change a company’s product features comes from external sources, which may be the fate of Apple’s iPhone. Brazil is considering making USB-C chargers compulsory on all smartphones sold in the country.

The South American country’s telecoms regulator, Anatel, has begun taking public opinions on the proposal. If implemented, Apple will have no choice but to switch to the popular charging format in the country. The public consultation remains open till August 26th.

Anatel wrote in a blog post (translated with Google Translate); “Aware of the aforementioned movements in the international market, Anatel’s technical area evaluated the topic and presented a proposal with a similar approach for application in the Brazilian market.”

The telecoms regulator noted the advantages of USB-C; it reduces electronic waste and is more convenient for customers. It means users can use the same charger to charge multiple devices. They will also fiddle less to connect their devices. The disadvantages include the costs of enforcing the regulation. It could also discourage electronics manufacturers from innovating new, better charging standards.

However, it is not only Brazil that may compel the American company to adopt the connector standard. The EU, as a block, has passed a law making USB-C compulsory for many electronics, including smartphones, by the end of 2024. In Apple’s home country, a number of Democratic lawmakers are calling for the same laws.

The EU has said it would revise the regulation on USB-C when newer and better technologies arrive. “Don’t think we’re setting something in stone for the next 10 years,” Thierry Breton, commissioner for the EU’s internal market, said. “We have a standard that is being developed, and we have a dedicated team that will keep a close eye on all this and adapt as time goes by. We will evolve.”

USB-C has more or less become the default charger type on new Android phones, meaning most phone makers are not affected by the new focus of the standard. However, Apple will have to make changes to the iPhone, which uses a proprietary Lightning connector.

Switching may not be difficult for Apple as the company has been rumored to be testing iPhones equipped with USB-C. Besides, some Apple products like tablets and laptops already use USB-C.

Written by HackerVibes

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