A dubious rumor about the iPhone 15 claims that Apple would define what interchangeability between charging cables implies in the light of the EU’s new USB-C law.
The European Union adopted a new law requiring a universal charging standard, specifically USB-C, in October 2022. The iPhone 14 might feature USB-C, but the iPhone 17 will undoubtedly need it due to the law’s effective date and the devices it covers.
Apple may follow the letter of the law, but not the spirit of it, based on a unconfirmed report that was recently shared on the Chinese social media platform Weibo.
“Apple has made its own type C, lightning interface IC which will be used on this year’s new iPhone and MFI-certified peripherals,” posted a user calling himself or herself Mobile Phone Chip Expert.
“MFI” in this case, stand for Apple’s “Made for iPhone” certification program. In the program, Apple approves accessories, sells parts like connectors, and provides a chip for authentication purposes. As long ago as 2014, Apple cut the fees it charged for this licensing system, and it’s now little known — but still in force.
“The program gives you access to the technical specifications and resources needed to create accessories that communicate with Apple devices using MFi technologies and components,” says the current version of Apple’s “Made for iPhone” page.
If the Weibo user is right, Apple might only accept USB-C cables that have been approved by the MFI program. Users who attempt to use an uncertified USB-C cable may receive a warning and experience limitations in power delivery, data speed, or both.
However, USB-C charging is currently available on the iPad series. There is no indication of any such restriction on which wires can be used for this purpose.
News Source: Appleinsider