Apple developed the Lightning connector for the iPhone 5 to be small and easy to use. It replaced the larger and more fragile 30-pin Dock Connector. The Lightning connector was 80% smaller than the Dock Connector and could be plugged in either direction. Apple played a large role in developing the USB-C standard, which is smaller and reversible like the Lightning connector. They started using USB-C in their Macs and iPads, but continued to use the Lightning connector for iPhones to maintain control over the accessory market. However, a new law in the European Union requires all phones to use USB-C for charging, so it’s likely that Apple will have to make the switch soon. While the switch may be complicated for iPhone owners, it will allow for a more universal standard across the tech industry. USB-C cables are reversible, unlike Lightning cables, but there are still different standards within the USB-C standard that can be confusing. Once the charging protocols are universal, accessories will be compatible with all devices, leading to more options and better quality accessories. Overall, the switch to USB-C will make charging easier and more convenient for users.
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