Are we nearing the end of dongle life? It seems like the evidence is growing that our long dongle winter is about to end, and we’ll be left with more options in the long run.
And in a lot of ways, it’s because regulators and governmental bodies are doing their job—starting in Brazil.
Apple made the obvious argument about this strategy—you can use the one you already have! But given that the company, you know, put a USB-C port on the cable in the box, the guy couldn’t actually use the chargers he already had with that cable, which required him to buy a new charger, a practice the judge referred to as a “tie sale,” in which one device must be bought with another to be used.
“It is not appropriate that such a measure seeks to reduce environmental impacts, since, in all evidence, the defendant continues to manufacture such an essential accessory, but now sells it separately,” wrote Pinheiro.
Now, to be clear, Pinheiro is probably not looking at the issue in the same way Apple is—approaching it as a lot of customers likely already have Lightning chargers that they use in other settings, because this is like their sixth or seventh iPhone, so they have a drawer full of power adapters. But Apple, by changing the cable at the same time it changed the charger, just made the problem unnecessarily annoying.