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Apple's Change To USB-C: How Does It Affect iPhone Users?

With the release of the iPhone 15, Apple is transitioning completely to USB-C for the foreseeable future. So, as this charging technology comes to the iPhone, what does this mean for current Apple users in Singapore? Let us examine how this change impacts Apple users and how they can prepare for the switch to USB-C.

Apple’s reasoning for switching to USB-C


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Due to a European Union (EU) mandate, USB-Type C is now the new standard for portable devices. This change aims to eliminate the “lock-in effect” that keeps consumers dependent on a single company, such as Apple users depending on Apple’s proprietary lightning charging cable. As a result, Apple has switched to a USB-C port for its new iPhone 15.


While this change might seem frustrating initially to Apple users, it could be a good thing in the long run. Consumers will now have more choices when it comes to power accessories compatible with their devices. You could buy a power bank or a wall charger from other manufacturers, and it should work with your iPhone 15. Any current USB-C charger you already own should also work without the need for a USB-C to lightning adapter.


Lightning cables will still be relevant for years to come


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With Apple switching to USB-C for the foreseeable future, some might wonder if it is time to declutter their charging cables and stick with USB-C. However, reports of the death of Apple’s lightning cable may be greatly exaggerated. Currently, only the iPhone 15 and select iPads and MacBooks feature USB-C charging. Older models released before the EU mandate goes into effect will still use the lightning standard.


That means your lightning and USB-C to lightning cables would still be relevant until Apple stops selling iPhones utilising the lightning standard, which could be several years from now. Besides, you may still want to keep a spare lightning cable around to power your older iPhone models as long as they remain functional.


Preparing for a USB-C iPhone


If you have yet to purchase an iPhone 15 but plan to get the model in the near future, let us share how you can prepare for the switch to USB-C. The transition should be relatively seamless, as numerous devices, including Android phones, headphones, and portable speakers, support the USB-C standard. So, you may already have everything you need at home. 


Additionally, specific iPad or MacBook devices come with a USB-C charger within their packaging. Here are the models that support USB-C charging:

  • iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation or later)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation or later)
  • iPad Air (4th generation or later)
  • iPad mini (6th generation)
  • MacBook Pro introduced in 2016 or later
  • MacBook Air introduced in 2018 or later
  • MacBook introduced in 2015 or later


However, you may want to purchase a USB-C wall charger to power your iPhone 15 if either solution above is not applicable. Fortunately, the near-universal adoption of USB-C means you can easily find a compatible and affordable power adapter. You may also want to consider purchasing a new USB-C charging cable if the C-to-C connector provided with the iPhone 15 is too short for your needs.


Alternatively, you can opt to charge your iPhone 15 wirelessly if you do not want to mess with wire compatibility. With a compatible wireless portable charger, like a MagSafe charger, you only need to place your phone down on the charging pad to initiate device charging.


So, if you have made the switch to the iPhone 15, you can find everything you need to power your brand-new smartphone at Energea, from wireless power banks to USB-C compatible wall chargers! Visit our website to browse our extensive catalogue today.


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