News hardware Apple is gradually adopting USB-C, but it’s far from madness…
Published on 20/10/2022 at 07:35
It is now certain, Apple will have to force itself to put USB-C on its devices! And if the iPhone does not yet have this type of port, the iPads are currently all equipped with them since the arrival of the new models on Tuesday.
Apple and USB-C: a fight that is coming to an end
It’s now official, the European Parliament decided at the beginning of the month, USB-C will be the standard for all electronic device chargers. Even if it will come into force at the end of 2024, manufacturers will have to get up to speed very quickly. Apple is also the first target since the Cupertino company resisted for a long time before making up its mind and starting to switch to USB-Cfor several years.
Tuesday afternoon, the apple took a new step by passing its last iPad (the 10) on USB-C. With this release, all iPads and Macs now have the port created by the USB Implementers Forum (the USB-IF). If the dynamic follows its course, the next versions of iPhone and AirPods should therefore also switch to USB-C so that Apple will definitely enter the ranks on the side of its connectivity.
Unfortunately for Apple, the transition is difficult and somewhat reluctant – you have to believe that they still care a lot about their Lightning. It should also be realized that the American giant could also take this new European Union law to court, to save time. In the past, Apple has been reluctant to stand up to the law, saying it reduces innovation and risks increasing e-waste.
USB-C, the iPad 10 and the history of the Apple Pencil
As we explained above, the transition to USB-C for Apple is not without difficulty, as evidenced by the recent release of the iPad 10. If you are at all interested in technology, you probably know that Tim Cook and his teams surprised their consumers this Tuesday by launching the new iPads and a new Apple TV 4K. While all iPads now come with a USB-C port, Apple hasn’t completely succeeded in its transition, especially for the new iPad 10. Hang in there, the story is a bit preposterous.
On Tuesday, Apple therefore presented its new first-price iPad which sports the design of these illustrious big brothers, with flat edges. As for a few years, the tablets of the apple are compatible with a Pencil (2 existing versions). Thanks to its flat edges, we could therefore think that the Pencil 2 (most recent) was going to be able to graft on the side of the iPad to recharge, but in fact not at all – first problem. By deduction, we immediately thought that the Pencil 1 was going to be the ideal companion for this iPad 10, but not quite. Why ? Because the tablet has just gone from Lightning to USB-C and that as you can imagine, the pen is only compatible with the old system favored by the apple – second problem. Therefore, we end up with two Pencils that cannot be connected natively to the iPad 10. Fortunately – or not – the Cupertino company has nevertheless thought of a solution to allow the connection between the new tablet and the original pen: an adapter! Yes, as often with the apple, you will have to go through the additional purchase box (10€) to be able to charge the Pencil 1 on the iPad 10.
It’s not not the first time that Apple has had problems at the level of the connectors of its products. One thinks for example of the strange recharging of the Magic Mouse, which is done from below the mouse, making it unusable. Or even the removal in 2016 of the jack on the iPhone 7, which also led to the creation of a dedicated adapter. Despite this, the transition from Lightning to USB-C for iPhones should still go smoothly – in all, we hope.