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Apple’s Lightning era is over- Apple lost billions of dollars in profits by switching interfaces

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Apple will completely ditch the ancestral Lightning port on its iphones in favor of USB-C by the end of 2024,according to a directive passed by the European Parliament.That means iphones,AirPods,and more will all have a single port,and customers won’t have to buy extra Lightning cables. Apple’s Lightning era is over-Apple lost billions of dollars in profits by switching interfaces

EU industry chief Thierry Breton said it will also”allow new technologies such as wireless charging to emerge and to mature without letting innovation become a source of market fragmentation and consumer inconvenience”(UPDATE:In October the European Parliament has now approved the proposed legislation in a full vote,making it more certain that the Apple will have to replace the Lightning charger in Europe).While the news is undoubtedly good for consumers,the decision will also force Apple to decide the fate of its proprietary Lightning charging cable,which is still used exclusively for a handful of Apple products:most crucially,the iPhone.

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Until now Apple had been allowed to ship its products with Lightning cables in Europe as long as it offered a USB-C adapter.It argued that banning the Lightning cables would actually create more waste because of the amount it’s already shipped,but the EU clearly thinks its calculations will work out in the longer term.

In early October,the legislation in the EU was formally adopted following a full vote of the European Parliament.The law was passed with an overwhelming majority,with 602 votes in favor,13 against,and 8 abstentions.Under the law,there are exemptions for products that are too small offer a USB-C port. IPhone was announced with the same 30-pin connector as iPod, so that it could take advantage of the ecosystem of accessories already available on the market. At first, this was never a problem for most users, especially since the iPhone was a niche. If you had an iPod, you were already quite familiar with that connector.

While users can benefit,it’s not good news for Apple.Some research shows that Apple earns more than 10 billion yuan from MFi(Made For iOS)certification fees every year,which is why Apple has been reluctant to give up the Lightning interface.

New leaks about the iPhone 15 confirm the news. Not only has the iPhone 15 been renamed,but the port at the bottom has been replaced with USB-C,which means Apple may have removed the charging cable from the package as well.

Picture this: You’re sitting at your desk, engrossed in a project, and suddenly you trip over your laptop’s charging cable. In an instant, your laptop dropped to the floor, giving you a sinking feeling in your stomach. This unfortunate situation was all too common for MacBook users, until Apple introduced a revolutionary solution – MagSafe cable.

MagSafe 2 and MagSafe 3.

MagSafe 1 charger debuted on the 2006 MacBook Pro with its magnetic attachment and easy detachment. The first ‌MagSafe‌ port has a square design with five holes that connects to the included port using a magnetic connection. The idea is that if the connector is pulled, it will detach quickly and smoothly without damaging the ‌MagSafe‌ connector or ripping the MacBook Pro off the table or desk. Since its release, it has been an instant hit with MacBook users.

MagSafe 1 cable


Initially, Apple used a T-shaped design that pulled the wires directly out of the machine, and MagSafe charging port later transitioned to an L-shaped design that placed the wires on the side of the computer. The T-shaped design was used from 2006 to 2009, while the L-shaped design was used from 2010 to 2012.

However, as technology advanced and laptops became thinner and lighter, Apple faced a challenge – how to adapt the sleek design of new devices while maintaining the convenience and security of MagSafe. About a decade later, USB-C gradually replaced Apple’s MagSafe. USB-C cables certainly have their advantages, but MacBook Pro owners have never forgotten about MagSafe.

MagSafe 2 cable

Miniaturization led Apple to launch MagSafe 2 in 2012. MagSafe 2 uses a thinner T-shaped connector, allowing Apple to create a slimmer MacBook. The new design fit the thinner Mac computers Apple released that year. While some users prefer the smaller form factor, the Apple ‌MagSafe‌2 connector is not compatible with the original ‌MagSafe‌ connector and requires an adapter.

Apple brought back the T-shaped design with the ‌MagSafe‌2 cable and stuck with it throughout the Apple ‌MagSafe‌’s lifecycle.

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