Apple Inc. will have to comply with a European Union law to switch the iPhone to a USB-C charger, said marketing chief Greg Joswiak.
Apple Inc. will have to comply with a European Union law to switch the iPhone to a USB-C charger, marketing chief Greg Joswiak said Tuesday.
Joswiak said the company will comply with other laws. He declined to say when the iPhone can get the charger to replace Lightning. He made the comments during a Wall Street Journal conference in Laguna Beach, California.
He said Apple and the EU had been at odds over chargers for a decade and recalled how European authorities once wanted Apple to adopt Micro-USB. He said neither Lightning — today’s iPhone charging port — nor the now-ubiquitous USB-C would have been invented if that switch had happened.
Apple plans to switch the iPhone to USB-C next year, Bloomberg News reports. The law will come into effect in 2024. Apple has already moved its Macs, many iPads and accessories to USB-C from Lightning and other connectors.
Joswiak joined Snap Inc. founder Evan Spiegel at the meeting, rejecting the idea that the virtual world known as the metaverse will be the future of computers.
The metaverse is a “word I will never use,” Joswiak said.
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Mark Zuckerberg has put billions of dollars into the effort, even going so far as to change Facebook’s company name to Meta Platforms Inc.
As for Apple’s other product changes, Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering, was asked if the Mac will ever get a touchscreen.
“Who’s to say?” he replied.
In another controversial area, Federighi said an Android version of iMessage — the messaging service on Apple products — would hold back innovation in iMessage on iOS. Apple couldn’t invest much in an Android version.
Federighi and Joswiak both argued that Apple has benefited from getting employees back to the office — a move many tech companies have resisted due to worker cutbacks.
The pandemic has left many people feeling disconnected, Federighi said, and the company is much more effective when everyone is back together. Apple’s culture has long been about being in the same place together, he added.