USB-C iPhone picks up speed as another country considers mandate

Brazil’s national telecommunications agency, Anatel, said it is considering a proposal that would make USB-C charging ports the standard interface for mobile phones in the country.

In a statement released on Tuesday, Anatel said:

The National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel) has made available to the company the public consultation 45/2022, which presents the proposal to define the technical requirements to assess the compliance of the wired charging interface with the standard USB type C in mobile phones.

The Brazilian regulator admits its own drive to harmonize charging on mobile phones was inspired by the EU’s own proposal, noting that USB-C “is already widely used by most global manufacturers and has a internationally recognized standardization, European standards” and similar calls in the United States. . The body said:

Attentive to these movements of the international market, the technical area of ​​Anatel evaluated the theme and presented a proposal with a similar approach for the application in the Brazilian market, covering mobile phone chargers whose implementation depends on the update of the technical requirements in force in the Agency for the conformity assessment of mobile phones and mobile phone chargers.

Interestingly, the Brazilian push seems limited to mobile phones, while the EU and others are also trying to force USB-C charging into devices like Apple’s AirPods, and even laptops like the MacBook.

USB-C has been a noticeable absence in all of Apple’s top iPhones, including last year’s iPhone 13. The iPhone 14 is also not expected to adopt the standard, however, multiple reports from Mark Gurman and Bloomberg’s Ming-Chi Kuo indicate that the iPhone 15 in 2023 could get the upgrade, or that Apple is at least testing it. .

This year’s iPhone 14 won’t bring USB-C, but leaks indicate there will be big changes to the lineup. Namely, Apple should abandon the “mini” iPhone in favor of a new “Max” iPhone. Also on the cards are some major camera upgrades and a new processor for the ‘Pro’ version of the iPhone which could also get a new punch-hole camera instead of the notch and an always-on display.

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