European Union hurts Apple again - cannot limit USB Type-C charging speed


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European Union hurts Apple again - cannot limit USB Type-C charging speed


The removal of the Lightning port for the USB Type-C interface is one of the most notable changes to the iPhone 15 series. There are reports that Foxconn will still maintain encryption for Apple’s mass-produced USB Type-C interface. This means that MFI (Made for iPhone) certification will be a must for some levels of charging. Without the MFI cert., the speed for data transfer as well as charging will have a limit. However, there will likely be a turning point in this issue.

We are aware that the European Union laws were the source of Apple’s compromise of the USB Type-C interface. In fact, the technical requirements set forth by the European Union mandate that mobile phone devices be fitted with a USB Type-C port for cable charging. You must adhere to the USB PD specs if the charging voltage is greater than 5V or the current is greater than 3A.

The European Union notes that unfair limits on charging speeds by various brands will be a thing of the past by unifying fast charging standards. This would also ensure that charging speeds are uniform when using any suitable charger. The goal of the limits set forth by the EU is, obviously, to reduce the rate at which users buy charging heads and cables as well as electronic waste. If Apple pushes for MFI USB-C cert., it will surely go against the EU’s initial aim. That will be illegal in the European market and it will surely be bad news for Apple. There is, however, still a minor loophole that Apple can explore in data transfer. Apple does not restrict charging power, but users who merely require data transmission must use MFI.

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Apple being Apple again. Glad the EU is one step ahead.
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