The European Union passes a law forcing Apple to offer USB-C on iPhones by 2024

The European Parliament voted to make USB-C the standard charging port for devices across various categories, including smartphones, tablets, cameras and more. While many OEMs have already moved to USB-C, Apple still offers its own Lightning connector on iPhones, AirPods, and other accessories. With the implementation of the new law, Apple will have to switch to USB-C by the end of 2024.

In a press release, the European Parliament stated that All mobile phones, tablets and cameras sold in the EU must be equipped with a USB Type-C charging port. By the end of 2024. The new requirements will extend to laptops in the spring of 2026. They also highlight:

Under the new rules, consumers will not need a different charger each time they buy a new device, as they will be able to use one charger for a whole range of small and medium-sized portable electronic devices.

Regardless of the manufacturer, all new mobile phones, tablets, digital cameras, headphones, headphones, portable video game consoles, portable speakers, e-readers, keyboards, mice, portable navigation systems, earphones, computers Portable that can be recharged via a wired cable, with a power delivery of up to 100W, it must be equipped with a USB Type-C port.

All devices that support fast charging will now have the same charging speed, allowing users to charge their devices at the same speed using any compatible charger.

Although not mentioned in the release, the law requires manufacturers to adopt the USB Power Delivery standard for fast charging. However, it won’t stop manufacturers from implementing their own fast charging standards. Manufacturers will still be able to offer their own fast charging standards on their devices as long as they also offer USB power delivery support. Since the new law does not cover wireless charging, the European Commission plans to implement the new interoperability requirements by the end of 2024.

Note that the Directive has yet to be formally approved by the European Council before it is published in the Official Journal of the European Union. The law enters into force 20 days after its publication. Member states will have 12 months to change the rules and 12 months after the conversion period to apply them. The law will not apply to products that are placed on the market before the date of application.

Although the law requires all devices to switch to USB-C by the end of 2024, Apple could make the change as soon as next year. The company is said to be testing iPhones with USB-C internally, and next year’s iPhone 15 lineup could signal a switch to USB-C.

source: European Parliament

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