iPhone chargers could stop working on phones as Apple set to switch to USB-C

Keeping track of all the different charging cables for all your devices can be a right pain.

While many gadgets now use a standard USB-C charger, there are still outliers—such as the iPhone, which uses Apple's special 'Lightning' cable.

These can often cost more than a standard USB-C cable and deliver less power to your device. But Apple has insisted for years that their way is better.

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All that could change in the next year or so, however. EU laws passed earlier this year will force all mobile devices sold in Europe to have the same USB-C charging port, meaning Apple is going to have to spend a lot of money adapting its new devices.

This has led thousands of iPhone users to wonder when they're going to have to change their charging cables, particularly if they're thinking of upgrading to a new device.

Apple has already been laying the groundwork for this, such as with the more recent iPad models which use USB-C cables.

Now, iPhone experts believe that the popular smartphone will ditch the Lightning cable sometime next year ahead of the 2024 deadline. According to Bloomberg, Apple is testing iPhones with USB-C ports in secret.

Nobody is quite sure whether this will affect the iPhone 14. However, the costs required for Apple to implement USB-C could be so high that a switch for the iPhone 14 looks unlikely.

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Some have predicted that Apple might ditch the charging port altogether and switch users to wireless charging en masse.

However, Apple aren't very happy about the changes. A spokesperson told CNBC in September: "We remain concerned that strict regulation mandating just one type of connector stifles innovation rather than encouraging it, which in turn will harm consumers in Europe and around the world."


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