Father of iPod says EU is right to ask iPhone to switch to USB-C because

Former Apple vice president Tony - Fadell (Tony Fadell) is known as "the father of the iPod". Although he no longer ties to Apple, he often shares his thoughts on the company. Recently, Fadell shared his views on the EU requiring the iPhone to switch to the USB-C interface. The engineer believes that this is "the right thing", and he now believes that Apple has a monopoly.

Fadell said the world is "moving closer to USB-C" because of the limitations of the old standard "already hit." Fadell said he's not concerned that the EU is forcing Apple and other smartphone makers to adopt USB-C, "they're just forcing Apple to do the right thing."

In another tweet, Fadell said the regulation happened because Apple had a monopoly-like position. The engineer argues that some consumer-friendly regulations and standardization are necessary because companies aren't always interested in doing what's suitable for society's best interests.

He also noted that forcing Apple to change the iPhone's interface on environmental grounds is "much easier than a legal trial of a monopoly." Fadell went on to say that Apple doesn't like third parties telling it what to do.

Interestingly, one of his fans pointed out that Apple opposes the USB-C port bill because the company makes a lot of money through the MFi (made for iPhone/ iPad ) program for certified accessories. And Fadell, the team leader who invented the MFi program, agrees with his fans.

Back in June, the European Union reached a mutual agreement to make USB-C the standard interface for devices like smartphones and tablets. This week, the European Union passed final legislation that mandates that every device sold in Europe that charges via a cable must have a USB-C port starting in 2024.

The European Union isn't the only one to force Apple to adopt USB-C in iPhones. The U.S. Senate and Brazil's telecom regulator have also been considering making USB-C mandatory for smartphones.

The Macs and iPads currently sold by Apple already use the USB-C interface. However, the likes of the iPhone and AirPods still use the company's proprietary Lightning port. Lightning was introduced in 2012 as a better replacement for the Micro USB standard, however Lightning is now obsolete.

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