Apple reveals iPhone 15 with USB-C charging port

Apple has announced its new iPhone 15 range with a USB-C charging port, ditching its lightning standard to comply with EU rules.

It marks the first time since 2012 that the tech giant has changed the connector on its flagship device.

The switch had been anticipated since last year, when the EU mandated that all portable electronics sport a universal connector by the end of 2024 to reduce e-waste and simplify life for consumers.

Apple had opposed the requirement but acknowledged it would have to follow it – and confirmed the change at its iPhone unveiling event on Tuesday.

Apple’s Kaiann Drance said the company was bringing USB-C to iPhone 15 because it “has become a universally accepted standard”.

It brings the iPhone in line not just with other Apple products like the latest Macs and iPads, but with rival Android smartphones and tablets; cameras and laptops; e-readers like Kindle; and games consoles like Nintendo Switch.

Apple also used the event at its California headquarters to reveal its AirPods Pro earbuds and standard wired in-ear earphones would adopt USB-C.

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