Apple was compelled to abandon the lightning charger in the new iPhone.
The tech giant stated that the iPhone 15, which was introduced on Tuesday at its annual event, would adopt a USB-C connector as the “universally accepted standard.”
A new Apple Watch series with a more sophisticated chip was also announced.
However, one analyst predicted that Apple’s absence of “headline-grabbing” improvements this year will disappoint some.
“Given the maturity of the iPhone and Watch, it’s not surprising,” said Ben Wood of CCS Insight.
“It shows how refined the iPhone and Watch devices are, as well as how difficult it has become to deliver truly disruptive updates every year.”
The new iPhone, which goes on sale next week, is the first to include an alternative charging connector since 2012.
The USB-C cable, which is already compatible with many Apple computers and iPads, will also be compatible with new AirPods Pro earphones and corded EarPods headphones, according to the company.
The EU had instructed the tech giant to abandon its proprietary charging connectors in order to make life easier for consumers, save them money, and assist minimize e-waste by encouraging charger re-use.
However, critics fear that the change may result in an increase in abandoned cables in the coming years.
Perhaps in reaction, Apple used its Tuesday launch event to make a slew of environmental promises regarding its new products, including making the new Apple Watch line carbon neutral for the first time.
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It will also increase the quantity of recycled materials utilized in the new Watch and iPhone’s batteries and other components.