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Apple announces new USB-C charger for iPhones during live event

Apple announces new USB-C charger for iPhones during live event

About time too

Apple has unveiled its new USB-C charger for iPhones during its live event.

The tech giant's boss, Tim Cook, took to the stage today (12 September) to explain what we can all expect from the iPhone 15 series.

As with any new model, there's been a lot of talk about what new features and gadgets the loyal fan base will be able to enjoy when it finally hits the shelves.

And aside from the hefty price tag, one of the most talked about aspects of the device has been the charger.

There it is.

Currently, the iPhone is unique in opting for a proprietary lightning cable, while other devices, including some in the Apple range, require a USB-C cable point.

Well, that's all about to change, as Cook revealed during his presentation that future devices will join the USB-C crew.

The iPhone 15 colour scheme.

I mean, they've kind of been strong-armed into it, as the European Union ruled recently that all portable devices need to be compatible with a universal charger by December 2024.

The law is aimed to combat e-waste by bringing about a common standard but no matter the reason behind it, I think we can all agree that it's about time.

The introduction of a USB-C port is pretty much one of the most anticipated features of the new iPhone and is something Apple customers were really expecting for this one.

It was pretty inevitable that Apple would have to switch from lightning to USB-C at some point and while it could have dragged its heels until next year's launch, this is the product launch everyone tipped the company to make the switch for.

Apple have had to switch away from their preferred lightning ports.

Apple said it had 'no other choice' but to comply with European Parliament regulations which required all phones, tablets and handheld cameras to have a universal charging port.

The mute button on the side of the phone is also morphing into something called the 'action button' which will handle a bunch of things and you'll be able to choose what it does.

Presumably, most people will keep it as a mute button.

The iPhone 15's price is listed at $799 while the iPhone 15 Plus will be selling for $899 over in the US.

Those prices haven't moved from the amount Apple was charging for its phones when we did this last year and it was the iPhone 14 Apple were raving over.

In the UK the iPhone 14 went on sale for £849 while getting the 14 Plus would cost you £949, so perhaps we could expect something similar if the prices are also not shifting this side of the pond.

Meanwhile, the iPhone 15 Pro will set you back $999, with the iPhone 15 Pro Max costing $1,199.

Featured Image Credit: Apple

Topics: Apple, iPhone, Technology, US News, UK News