GADGETS are increasingly equipped with USB-C ports – but what is it?
As Apple uses USB-C ports on more and more devices, it’s important to know what the port looks like and where to find it.
What is USB-C?
You’re probably familiar with USB: a type of connector for your devices.
Well, USB-C is just a different type of USB with a different port and connector design.
USB-C has been around since 2014 and is now widely used to charge electronic devices and transfer data.
Since then, USB-C has become increasingly popular and is very common on Android devices.
Most modern flagship Android phones use USB-C as their main ports, and have done so for years.
But Apple continued to use its own Lightning port
Last year the EU passed a corresponding law
All new phones, tablets and electronic devices have USB-C charging ports.
“By the end of 2024, all mobile phones, tablets and cameras sold in the EU must be equipped with a USB Type-C charging port. From spring 2026, the obligation will also extend to laptops,” said the European Parliament.
“Under the new rules, consumers will no longer need a different charger each time they purchase a new device, but will be able to use a single charger for a range of small and medium portable electronic devices.”
Reacting to the change, Apple marketing chief Greg Joswiak told the Wall Street Journal: “Of course we have to comply. We have no choice.”
Is USB-C better?
USB-C can offer higher data transfer rates and faster charging speeds.
And they have a symmetrical design, meaning there is no “right way up” to plug in.
Importantly, the fact that they are becoming more common means you can use the same cable on more devices in the world.
Which iPhone models use USB-C?
It depends on what you mean.
No iPhone at the momentAccept a USB-C connector in the main charging hole.
However, this is expected to change in September 2023 with the launch of the new iPhone 15.
However, iPhones have been using USB-C charging cables for years.
With the iPhone 11, Apple switched the charging adapter end of its cable to USB-C – although the phone end remained with the Lightning tip.
The iPhone 15 is expected to be the first iPhone to use USB-C on both ends of the cable.
Of course, Apple has been using full USB-C cables on other devices for years.
Many MacBook and iPad models use USB-C cables.