It is highly probable that the next-generation iPhone will receive a USB Type-C port for charging.The reason for that will be the law passed in the EU prescribing to equip smartphones, tablets and other electronics sold in the EU exclusively with USB Type-C ports.Given the size of the market in the region, Apple will have to make concessions and abandon the proprietary Lightning.Image source: Solen Feyissa/unsplash.comThe law was approved by the European Parliament on Tuesday and mandates the transition to unified charging by the end of 2024.According to Ben Wood, senior analyst at CCS Insight, Apple will have to \"inevitably\" capitulate and move to USB Type-C in the iPhone 15.The expert predicts that since the interface change has already taken place in the case of the MacBook and iPad Pro, the transition process has actually already begun.Since the iPhone 14 did not bring significant changes in terms of design, more significant updates are likely to follow in the iPhone 15 - this will be the best time to implement the new port.Back in May, Bloomberg reported on the tests of the iPhone with USB Type-C, but sources warned that the novelties will not appear before 2023.The IDC believes that if Apple switched to USB Type-C for Europe in 2023, the U.S.tech giant will switch to a new type of charging and the iPhone in other regions - unless the company decides that too much money is made on proprietary chargers and accessories to simply give them up.Nevertheless, experts believe that Apple is actually already preparing for the transition in the next two years.The European law was developed about 10 years.European lawmakers argue that the use of different standards for charging contributes to the growth of waste, and the innovations will allow customers not to buy a new charger with each new smartphone.According to Wood, it is a \"victory for common sense\".While Apple fans have a huge number of devices that charge from the Lightning connector, given the ubiquity of USB Type-C, Apple's use of this standard makes a lot of sense.
AMD announced on Reddit that it has found the cause of USB port failures in some systems built on Ryzen processors. Developers have promised to release a patch to fix the problem in April;
Users have noticed USB port malfunctions for several months. The problem was mainly related to USB 2.0, and occurred when PCIe 4.0 bus was enabled and a PCIe-compatible device was installed on the system. This caused Ryzen users to unintentionally disable low-speed devices & ; mice, keyboards and headsets. Despite the fact that AMD has identified the cause of the failure, the company did not explain the details. As journalists of Tom’s Hardware noted, presumably the problem affected owners of Ryzen 3000 and Ryzen 5000 series processors, which were paired with AMD X470, X570, B450 and B550 chipset-based motherboards. AMD developers thanked users who sent detailed reports on system's performance for their help. The company noted that the problem was fixed solely due to their responsiveness. To fix the failure, the manufacturer will release an update AGESA 22.214.171.124. At first it will be distributed in new BIOSes as part of a beta update, but later will be released on all necessary devices. A more precise release date will depend on the vendor and the specific motherboard model. The company has also asked all users with persistent bugs to submit relevant reports to AMD support. This can be done by downloading the company's special toolkit, which is designed to determine the cause of the problems encountered.
A few weeks ago, complaints about USB connectivity issues on systems with AMD Ryzen processors started popping up on the web. At the moment, there is no general solution, but the manufacturer has provided official recommendations that may resolve the issues.
According to Reddit forum users, the problem occurs when low-speed devices such as mice, keyboards and headsets periodically shut down for no reason while using the USB 2.0 port. The situation is observed on systems with Ryzen 3000 and Ryzen 5000 series processors using 500 and 400 series motherboards (X570, X470, B550 and B450). As one of the users pointed out, he contacted AMD technical support, where he was given a number of recommendations, based on feedback from users who had encountered problems with USB-ports. According to the Tom's Hardware resource, these tips may not help everyone, but it seems that AMD is already getting closer to the root of the problem. In the meantime, the company suggests:
Make sure to use the latest version of your motherboard's BIOS and reset all settings to factory defaults. Check the motherboard manufacturer's website for instructions on how to install or update the BIOS; Verify that your Windows 10 build is up to date and upgrade to the latest version if necessary. For instructions on how to upgrade Windows 10, you can refer to the article "Upgrading Windows 10" on Microsoft's official website; Make sure that the system has the latest drivers for AMD chipsets installed. The latest Ryzen chipset version number 126.96.36.1991 can be downloaded from this link.
In case of repeated observation of USB connection problems, AMD advises to take the following steps:
Switch the PCIe 4.0 bus mode in the BIOS settings to PCIe 3.0 mode; Disable the Global C-State function in the BIOS.
For more information on the BIOS settings of your motherboard, the company advises you to consult your motherboard's technical manual. As you can see, most of the tips are basic. What's interesting, AMD in its recommendations does not suggest removing USB ports and USB root hubs in Device Manager and then rebooting the system. This way, some users were able to solve the USB connection problem. It seems that AMD at least narrowed down the source of the problem and therefore does not consider this advice effective.
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