It is almost certain that Apple will switch to USB-C for the upcoming iPhone 15. However, the change to the industry standard will not likely come without restrictions on Apple’s part. For example, the “Made For iPhone” program, in which manufacturers can have their Apple accessories certified for a fee, is to be continued.
According to a leak on Twitter, Apple supplier Foxconn is currently mass-producing USB-C accessories with “Made For iPhone” certification. Replies to the tweet also say that non-certified accessories will be restricted. Specifically, charging performance and data transfer speeds are to be dialled down.
Such certification mechanisms have advantages and disadvantages for consumers. For example, when they buy certain accessories, they can be sure they will work with their devices without problems. At the same time, they have to dig deeper into their pockets because companies pass the costs on to their customers.
If Apple continues this program with USB-C, it could become a case for the courts. Suppose Apple intentionally throttles the maximum possible speed of USB-C so that it can only be achieved with expensive, certified accessories. In that case, this could be seen as disadvantageous to consumers and exploitation of a dominant position.
There were rumours on the Chinese online platform Weibo that Apple wants to integrate a special authentication chip in USB-C accessories.
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