A fond farewell for Lightning cables? Let’s not forget Apple’s FireWire fiasco…


You might have heard the news recently that thanks to an EU directive, Apple is going to be forced to ditch the Lightning port and use USB-C instead (opens in new tab) in its iPhones from 2024 onwards. 

USB-C makes sense for so many reasons. The fact that every different smartphone manufacturer can currently use its own proprietary standard for charging and connecting means that the consumer suffers, as we have to buy extra adaptors and new cables when it would all be so much simpler if everybody used the same ones. 

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