From Tom Warren’s “The EU’s USB-C proposal might give us a portless iPhone instead” posted Thursday on The Verge:
The European Commission has announced plans to force smartphone and other electronics manufacturers to fit a common USB-C charging port on their devices. Given that most Android-powered smartphones now ship with a USB-C port, the proposals could see Apple finally be forced to move to USB-C on the iPhone. Or they might not, as they could instead force Apple to deliver a portless iPhone.
Today’s proposals from the EU only cover wired charging and don’t seek to enforce rules on wireless charging just yet. A spokesperson for the Commission has confirmed to The Verge that if a device charges only wirelessly, then there is no requirement to integrate a USB-C charging port.
If the European Parliament adopts the proposals, manufacturers will have 24 months to comply with the new rules. That gives Apple a lot of time to create a portless iPhone if it wants to avoid USB-C altogether.
My take: I’m reminded of Procrustes, that legendary innkeeper with a guest bed designed to accommodate travelers of all sizes. He had the limbs of guests who were too tall chopped off and guests who were too short were stretched to fit.
In this story, Europe is Procrustes and Apple is the traveler, but I don’t see how Tim Cook can take this lying down.