An order passed by the European Union, and similar impending orders in other regions are set to force Apple to adopt the USB Type-C standard for charging future iPhones. However, the company is expected to still try and maintain exclusivity for its accessories by limiting their functionality.
According to a tipster’s post on Weibo that has been spotted by MacRumors, Apple plans to incorporate a custom integrated circuit (IC) interface into its upcoming USB Type-C port. This will allow its devices to authenticate the components involved in the connection.
This is the same concept that applies to Apple’s Lightning ports. Their IC small integrated circuits are meant to verify the authenticity of the elements present in the connection. But it’s not to say that Apple hasn’t proliferated this standard to other players.
Any manufacturer that wishes to create charging accessories for Apple devices needs to follow the guidelines of the ‘Made for iPhone’ (MFi) licencing programme to create compatible products.
Accessories that don’t follow these guidelines lead to the iPhones displaying the message, “This accessory is not supported” when plugged in. Despite this message, the devices do continue to be charged but at a much lower speed.
Such accessories also have restrictions with regard to data transfer. So essentially, going the same route with its USB Type-C cables will allow Apple to comply with the regional standards while at the same time maintaining the exclusivity of its own and its licensed MFi products.
After Apple’s confirmation that it will comply with the law passed by the European Union mandating all smartphones to carry USB Type-C ports by 2024, it is largely believed that the iPhone 15 will be the first to toe the line.