Brazil Latest Country to Consider Forcing Apple to Adopt USB-C for iPhones

Brazil has become the latest country to propose mandating Apple to move away from the Lightning connector on the iPhone and switch to USB-C.

iPhone 15 to Switch From Lightning to USB C in 2023 feature
As reported by Tecnoblog (via 9to5Mac), Anatel, which serves as Brazil's consumer authority body, has opened a new proposal that would require all smartphones in the country to adopt USB-C. Like proposals in the US and the EU, Anatel says that devices that charge entirely wirelessly will not need to follow through with adopting USB-C.

Anatel says that moving to USB-C will offer "greater convenience for consumers" and could reduce global electronic waste.

Apple has been facing increased pressure from governments and agencies worldwide to move the iPhone to USB-C after more than a decade of the Lightning port. Following pressure, sources such as Bloomberg's Mark Gurman and Ming Chi-Kuo have confirmed the company is testing an iPhone with a USB-C port.

While the iPhone 14 is approaching, reports suggest a USB-C iPhone won't debut until at least 2023 with the iPhone 15. There have long been rumors of Apple moving to USB-C for the iPhone, but with legislation in Europe gaining traction, it seems more likely it could take place soon.

Legislation in Europe would go further than forcing USB-C on iPhone and would also require all of Apple's products, including all iPad models and AirPods, to move to USB-C. If the legislation goes through, Apple would either need to ship special USB-C ‌iPhone‌ models in Europe or make the swap to USB-C worldwide. The proposed mandate in Brazil would take effect starting July 1, 2024, if approved.

Tags: USB-C, Brazil

Top Rated Comments

MajorFubar Avatar
14 weeks ago
Go Brazil. Sometimes, just sometimes, we need the governments of the world to legally enforce common sense when stubborn mfrs like Apple refuse to do it voluntarily.
Score: 41 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nhk Avatar
14 weeks ago

Do people still plug in to charge these days? How 2018 of them. Just remove the damned port all together and MagSafe.
What a poor idea. Sometimes a phone requires a reset through a computer. Try doing that wirelessly. Furthermore it’s more efficient and environmentally friendly to charge through a physical connection.
Score: 27 Votes (Like | Disagree)
boak Avatar
14 weeks ago

We need a common standard on USB-C cable identification (supported protocol, bandwidth, power...). I really like the cable mechanics but we need this identification.
This. I can't tell whether a USB-C cable is USB 3 or Thunderbolt 4, nor capable of 100W or 20W charging.
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Ostagazuzulum Avatar
14 weeks ago
Personally I’d like to see all these legislations eventually include retirement of USB 2.0/3.0 B, 2.0/3.0 Mini B, 2.0/3.0 Micro B, for all new devices if at all possible. And eventually USB A. Someone can explain to me why all these other variants would still be needed for new devices in the future.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
boak Avatar
14 weeks ago
If USB-C is not sufficient to implement some kind of new tech then what? All companies have to agree to another common standard first before that tech can be brought to market?
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Reason077 Avatar
14 weeks ago
Do it now, Apple!

USB-C on iPhones is already years overdue.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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