Apple patents new magnetic connector and potential Lightning replacement


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Apple was staunchly against the ruling that threatened to force the company to replace the Lightning port and adopt a common charger.

At the time, Apple said: "Regulations that would drive conformity across the type of connector built into all smartphones freeze innovation rather than encourage it. Such proposals are bad for the environment and unnecessarily disruptive for customers.”

"We want to ensure that any new legislation will not result in the shipment of any unnecessary cables or external adaptors with every device, or render obsolete the devices and accessories used by many millions of Europeans and hundreds of millions of Apple customers worldwide."
Or to put it another way, Apple have found a way they can continue with a proprietary connector, that will circumvent the law when it is introduced and, continue to boost Apple profits. They were only against the ruling because it would harm Apple profits, nothing to do with stifling innovation.



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