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iPhone 15: Apple forced to ditch lightning charger


Apple has confirmed its new iPhone will not feature its proprietary lightning charging port, after the EU forced the change.


The tech giant said that the iPhone 15, unveiled at its annual event on Tuesday, would use a USB-C cable as the "universally accepted standard".


A new Apple Watch series was also unveiled with a more advanced chip.

But one analyst said a lack of "headline-grabbing" updates from Apple this year would disappoint some.


"It isn't a surprise given the maturity of the iPhone and Watch," said Ben Wood from CCS Insight.

"It reflects just how refined the iPhone and Watch devices are and how tough it has become to deliver truly disruptive updates every year."


Apple has released a USB-C-to-lightning port adapter. The product connects the lightning port accessories people will have built up over the years to its new USB-C-enabled iPhones or iPads.

The latest iPhone handset, which goes on sale next week, is the first since 2012 to feature an alternative charging port.


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Cameron Kempster
Cameron Kempster
Sep 15, 2023


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