According to Apple, the iPhone will switch from Lightning to USB-C. Despite his team’s displeasure with the change, Apple marketing lead Greg Joswiak said the company will replace the Lighting port.
As part of the interview, software VP Craig Federighi was also present, but no specific date was disclosed.
According to Apple executives, “the Europeans are dictating timing for European customers” – a sophisticated way to avoid discussing the timeline. The possibility of Apple shipping a connector outside the EU is unlikely, according to Joswiak.
Also discussed was Apple’s dedication to going its own way and trusting its engineers rather than complying with lawmakers’ standards and adopting third-party hardware. The speaker even brought up micro USB and how Apple was forced to meet ill-considered requirements. He also claimed that detachable cables solved the issue of standardization, arguing that people would be compelled to buy new cables and discard the old ones if USB-C was implemented.