The iPhone must switch to USB-C to comply with new EU laws requiring small electronic devices to come with a charging port.

an apple executive director Greg Joswiak said a Wall Street Journal technology conference in California that the company has “no choice” but to comply with the law, as with all local regulations around the world.

Earlier this month, European Parliament voted in favor of new rules that require all mobile phones, tablets, cameras and other small devices sold in the EU to be equipped with a USB-C charging port by the end of 2024 as part of standardization rules to reduce electricity consumption. – to spend and simplify the life of consumers.

Obviously we have to obey, we have no choice

Asked about the ruling and whether the iPhone – the only major smartphone not yet using USB-C – would follow the new laws, Mr Joswiak said: “Obviously we have to comply, we have no choice.” .

But he suggested that Apple isn’t entirely happy with the decision, arguing that it will actually create more e-waste, as millions of current iPhone users with Lightning cables — the device’s current connector — won’t be using that cable after the Switch.

He told the conference that he thought “this approach would be better for the environment and for our customers if the government wasn’t so prescriptive.”

Many other Apple devices already support the USB-C connector.

Mr Joswiak would not address when the connection would be introduced to the iPhone, saying only that “Europeans are dictating the time for European customers”.

He also declined to answer whether Apple would only add a USB-C port to phones sold in the EU.

At present, the UK is unlikely to accept the EU’s decision on a common charging cable Govt in June, saying it was not currently considering a similar rule.