5 May 2023 – The European Union has issued a warning to Apple not to limit the speed of uncertified USB-C cables on its iPhone 15 / Pro and iPhone 16 / Pro series phones. The move comes as Apple seeks to tighten its grip on the use of third-party accessories with its devices.
This warning follows recent reports that some iPhone users have been experiencing slower charging speeds when using uncertified cables. Apple has been accused of deliberately limiting the speed of these cables in order to encourage users to buy only Apple-certified accessories.
In response to these reports, the EU has stated that Apple must not hinder the use of uncertified cables and that users should have the freedom to choose their own accessories. The EU has warned that failure to comply with these regulations could result in legal action.
The iPhone 15 / Pro and iPhone 16 / Pro series phones are due to be released later this year, and users will face a choice between using Apple-certified accessories or risking slower charging speeds with uncertified cables.
Apple has not yet responded to the EU’s warning, but it is expected that the company will continue to push for the use of only its own accessories with its devices.
The EU’s warning is a reminder to tech companies that they must respect the rights of consumers to choose their own accessories and not use their market power to force users to buy only their own products.