The design that Apple has insisted on for more than 10 years is going to disappear?

Ken Becher

Oct 22, 2021

As we all know, after the iPhone 5 was released in 2012, Apple began to adopt the new Lightning interface.

Until now, the iPhone still maintains such an interface! Even in recent years, for the sake of "environmental protection", the attached charger has been canceled, and the data cable has been changed to Type-C To Lightning.

Recently, the European Commission has made the following proposals for the common 3C electronic products:

It is recommended to use USB-C, which is the Type-C interface of the current Android camp, as a universal charging interface. And the hardware products involved include mobile phones, tablets, cameras, headphones, speakers, game consoles, etc.

It can be said that it almost covers all the devices in the 3C electronic field of current mass users.

This kind of regulation has nothing to do with the brand or personal preference. Because every industry should formulate its own corresponding criteria, just like Bluetooth and WIFI technology—they all have industry standards and specifications that are universal throughout the world.

From Android phones, laptops, headphones to power bank, and even to electric toothbrushes—more and more electronic devices are using Type-C charging interfaces.

The unified interface standard can greatly improve the convenience of users’ charging, and can also reduce the number of charging lines and charging heads, so as to reduce the waste of resources. (This is the really environmental protection!)

At the same time, the European Commission also proposed to unify the fast charging standards for devices. And this time, the direction is right.

This proposal will give each industry a two-year buffer period after the legislation is passed, and then it will be implemented.

So, what is the reason why Apple can't give up the lightning interface?

Let's take a look:

With the help of the Lightning interface, Apple has enough discourse power in its hardware. And at the same time, it has also launched the MFi certificate accordingly through this.

MFI certificate, namely: Made For iPhone / iPad / iPod. It is not difficult to see through the naming that this is a certification service specially customized by Apple for its hardware products.

MFi certificate exists for two purposes:

1. Ensure the safety of hardware and system, and eliminate potential hidden dangers as much as possible.

2. Grasp enough discourse power in the hardware accessories market.

For the first point, it is really worthwhile. In the early years, due to the low security of iOS, when users used charging interfaces in some public places to charge, viruses would be implanted in mobile phones and user information would be stolen from time to time.

For the second point, it can be purely said to be Apple's commercial monopoly.

To put it simply, only after passing the apple MFi certificate can the third-party data cable, adapter, and even the charging base of the Apple watch be used normally.

Apple also guarantees its rights and interests by authorizing MFi certificate. We can see relevant information about MFi authorization when purchasing accessories such as data cable.

At the same time, we can also visit Apple's official website to inquire about the authorization information.

Recently, the USB-IF Association also published the latest USB Type-C 2.1 standard.

The biggest highlights of the standard are: the PD fast charging protocol is increased from 20V / 5A to 48V / 5A, and the maximum charging power is increased from 100W to 240W.

At present, 100W PD fast charging can be applied to mobile phones, 240W is mainly used in notebook computers for the time being, but with the technical update of the Type-C standard specification, it is only a matter of time for 240W to be used in mobile phones.

However, the iPhone 13 Pro max with Apple's lightning interface still only supports 9V / 3A and 27W charging.

Some people say that the Android camp is also the same, each brand that belongs to it has a private agreement. This is true, but the brands of Android devices are all compatible with the PD protocol.
The charging experience of Android will be better in the future. As for fast charging technology, Apple has lagged far behind, and lightning is also a product that will be abandoned by the times.

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