Confirmed: the iPhone 15 will need to have USB-C as well as new entry-level iPads

Confirmed: the iPhone 15 will need to have USB-C as well as new entry-level iPads ...

Weve known that this would be the case for a while now. Now we know that Apple will have to upgrade to USB-C on its iPhone 15 and any new entry-level iPads to match Android phones that use the standard, but that is not limited to higher-end iPads and Macs.

The decision has been ratified, and it means that new phones and tablets will need to comply by 2024, with laptop manufacturers expected to follow by 2026.

It''s probable that the UK government will not bother to adopt a similar measure, but Apple is hardly likely to manufacture UK-specific devices, so a move to a universal standard appears inevitable, and we recognize that it is because its an EU judgment, and it will almost certainly apply to Northern Ireland as a result of the post-Brexit agreements.

The iPhone''s transition to USB-C is long-overdue, although the possibility of a portless iPhone is still possible; MagSafe would have to get a lot faster than the current 15W to make that a reality.

According to CCS Insight''s chief analyst, this is a victory for common sense. Although Apple has a large set of lighting cable powered devices, the ubiquity of USB-C across all consumer electronics products makes perfect sense.

Unrespective of whether the UK government has mandated the switch to USB-C or not, UK consumers will get the technology by default. It will make no sense for consumer electronics manufacturers to offer devices with anything else.