Yahoo! U.K. News’s David Gilbert reported last
week that Apple will be forced to fall in line with all other smartphone manufacturers in providing a standard battery charger connecting via microUSB with its iPhone. Currently Apple uses its
proprietary “Lightning” interface on iPhones for transferring data and charging the device’s battery, and the previous 30-pin Apple iDevice connector was a non-standard Apple owned protocol as
well, albeit widely familiar, having been introduced on the iPad in 2003. However, agreement on a provisional deal by the European Union on December 12 will oblige Apple to conform with the
standard charge connectors rule on iPhones sold in the 27 EU nations as soon as 2017.
Micro-USB, which has been around since 2007, is already the de facto universal standard for device charging, and USB Power Delivery also enables the next significant move toward a universal
electronic device charging convention. The European Standardisation Bodies CEN, CENELEC and ETSI have defined a common External Power Supply (EPS) standard based on micro-USB for use with
smartphones sold in the EU. The government of the People’s Republic of China is also…