Apple says iPhones will finally get USB-C ports

Apple says iPhones will finally get USB-C ports

At last, Apple says the iPhone will get USB-C ports. Earlier this month, the European Union passed legislation which requires all phones and tablets sold in the EU to use USB-C charging ports by 2024. It’s a move that has huge ramifications for a company like Apple, which sells iPhones in the same physical design in every region of the world. And all of those iPhones currently use Apple’s proprietary Lightning connector for charging and connecting accessories.

this week Apple finally recognized which will bring USB-C ports to the iPhone. Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, Greg Joswiak, confirmed that Wall Street Journal reporter Joanna Stern that USB-C ports are coming.

“Governments can do what they are going to do,” Joswiak said at the WSJ Tech Live conference this week. “Obviously, we will have to comply. We have no choice.”

Clearly, Apple isn’t exactly happy with the ruling. This is a change the company has resisted for years. Apple’s general business ethos is to control every part of its product line. That’s why the company switched from Intel chips to its own. proprietary silicon and quadrupled in its streaming service deals. The goal is to keep customers under the apple dome at all times. Having a proprietary charger on the iPhone was just another part of that strategy. It meant iPhone users would have to get those charging cables directly from Apple, instead of taking that money to any other phone manufacturer. USB-C cables.

Of course, Apple isn’t likely to take a huge financial hit from the death of the Lightning cable. It’s likely to get involved with USB-C next year, perhaps even gleefully marketing the new connector as a way to cut down on excess e-waste at its next flashy iPhone announcement event. Still, the forced change shows how badly the company wants to hang on to its darlings, or at least modify its products on its own schedule rather than someone else’s.

There’s no word yet on the fate of the Lightning ports on Apple Pencil, Magic Trackpad, and other Apple accessories that currently rely on the connector.

Here’s more gadget news you may have missed this week because everyone was talking about it. Elon Musk will throw Twitter into a volcano.

Apple subscriptions get more expensive

On the heels of last week’s announcement that YouTube Premium for families is get a price increaseApple has raised prices of their own streaming services. Apple Music is going up a dollar to $11 per month. Apple Music family plans get a bump from $2 to $17. Apple TV Plus will also go up $2 and will be $7 per month. Apple One will go from $15 to $17.

Many streaming services are looking to squeeze more out of their subscribers. Netflix also recently said it will start charging more for people who share an account among several users. Seems Spotify is nextwith Spotify CEO Daniel Ek saying the company could soon increase the monthly price of its streaming music plan.

Press F to pay for nothing

Another year, another Obligations play. The latest entry in the absurdly popular military assassination franchise comes out this week, and by all accounts, it’s much a Obligations play.

But hey, you know what a Obligations play? Whatever is on the disk inside the box. Players who purchased the physical edition of call of duty: modern warfare ii have discovered that the disks are almost empty. There is a 72 megabyte authenticator app that sends a link to the servers where you can download the 150 gigabytes of game files. That’s all there is to the discs: none of the game files, just a key to access them. Basically, it makes the physical copy of the game identical to the digital version, albeit wrapped in a pointless plastic case.

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