Khayelihle Shozi, the former Mamelodi Sundowns and Ts Galaxy midfielder, is still receiving support from his family despite distressing images of him on the streets and scavenging for food. Shozi’s life took a downward turn in 2022 when he went missing twice from Mamelodi Sundowns.
His family spokesperson, Simphiwe Shozi, expressed their heartbreak and determination to help their son, stating that they are actively seeking assistance for him.
Notably, Mamelodi Sundowns and soccer legend Pitso Mosimane, who once recognized Shozi’s potential, expressed sadness at his current situation. Shozi, who played for Mamelodi Sundowns MDC team in 2018 and later joined TS Galaxy FC in 2019, was recently seen homeless and struggling with apparent mental health issues on the streets of Vereeniging.
Apple’s iPhone USB-C Adoption Will Highlight Consumer Advantage, Not New EU Mandate
Apple’s decision to transition from its proprietary Lightning connector to the more widely adopted USB-C standard for the upcoming iPhone 15 generation is significant and comes in response to a mandate from the European Union. This move is aimed at standardizing mobile device connectors across the industry, and Apple has chosen to embrace USB-C to comply with this requirement.
Here are some key points regarding Apple’s transition to USB-C for the iPhone 15:
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- EU Mandate: The European Union has mandated that mobile device manufacturers standardize on USB-C connectors by the end of the following year. This directive played a pivotal role in Apple’s decision to adopt USB-C for its upcoming iPhones.
- USB-C on iPhone 15: When Apple unveils the iPhone 15 on September 12, it will feature USB-C connectors across all four new phone models. This marks a significant departure from Apple’s traditional use of the Lightning connector.
- Advantages for Consumers: Apple is likely to emphasize the advantages that this transition brings to consumers. USB-C is a widely adopted standard, offering compatibility with a broad range of accessories and devices. This move can simplify charging and connectivity for iPhone users.
However, there are challenges and considerations associated with this transition:
- Accessory Licensing: Apple’s shift from Lightning to USB-C could result in a loss of licensing revenue for accessory manufacturers that relied on producing Lightning connectors. This change may affect companies that have built their businesses around producing Apple-compatible accessories.
- Resource Investment: Transitioning to USB-C will require Apple to allocate engineering resources and funding to ensure a seamless shift. These resources could potentially be spent on other product development efforts.
- Customer Reaction: Past changes made by Apple, such as the removal of the headphone jack, have been met with mixed reactions from customers. The shift to USB-C could also face some negative public sentiment, although it offers compatibility benefits.
- Charging Bricks: Since the iPhone 12, Apple has stopped including charging bricks with iPhones, citing environmental reasons. Users who do not already have USB-C chargers may need to purchase compatible charging bricks separately.
In addition to the USB-C transition, Apple is innovating in various areas, including the use of 3D printers for device manufacturing, revamping the Magic Keyboard for iPads, and preparing for the release of iOS 17 and iPadOS 17.
The upcoming iPhone 15 event on September 12 is expected to feature the unveiling of the iPhone 15, Apple Watch Series 9, and an Ultra version of the watch, representing significant product announcements for Apple.