Berikut European Union Warns Apple Against Restricting USB-C Functionality
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iwanrj.com – Jakarta – The European Union has warned Apple against limiting the functionality of uncertified USB-C cables connected to iPhone 15 models.
For information, the iPhone 15 is expected to come with a USB Type-C port. This warning from the European Union comes after reports emerged that Apple plans to limit charging speeds and feature uncertified USB-C cables in its Made for iPhone program.
The use of the USB-C port on the iPhone 15 is Apple’s attempt to comply with a law that came into effect last year requiring that devices with wired charging must have a USB-C port in order to be sold in Europe.
Meanwhile, Apple has until December 2024 to comply with the law, with the switch from Lightning to USB-C on the iPhone 15 series due later this year.
Recently, there was a report indicating that an authentication chip would be included in the USB-C port on iPhone 15 models to confirm the authenticity of the connected USB-C, as well as ensure that the cable is Made for iPhone certified to optimize fast charging performance.
In response to this, EU Commissioner Thierry Breton has sent a letter warning APPle that such actions will not be permitted and will prevent iPhones from being sold in the European Union when the relevant law takes effect, reports Gizmochina.
The European Union aims to publish guidance to ensure uniform interpretation of the law by the third quarter of this year. Although, reports of Apple restricting uncertified USB-C cables are currently still just rumors.
On the other hand, this has raised concerns among consumers and industry watchers about the potential limitations of third-party accessories and the impact on consumer choice.
If Apple continues to limit the functionality of USB-C cables in the iPhone 15, it could have a significant impact on the third-party accessories market, which is a key component of Apple’s ecosystem. Consumers will also have limited choice and higher prices, and this may also discourage accessory makers from trying to enter the market.
Overall, the European Union’s warning to Apple serves as a reminder that the company must comply with established laws and regulations.
In addition, it also highlights the importance of promoting an open and competitive market for consumers, including the possibility of third-party accessories still functioning properly. [FY/HBS]