The European Union finally evokes a semblance of date for the entry into force of the legislation forcing all manufacturers to equip their smartphones with a USB-C port. Thus, Apple iPhones have until the fall of 2024 to get rid of the Lightning.
2024. More precisely the fall of 2024. This is when USB-C must be legally imposed as a universal charger within the European Union for a large number of electronic devices. This is obviously a pressure shot aimed at Apple, which has always refused to adopt this standard on its iPhone and AirPods.
In autumn 2024, USB Type-C will become the common charging port for all mobile phones, tablets and cameras, agreed EP and Council negotiators.
This information was revealed after the Member States (the Council) and the European Parliament reached an agreement in principle. In itself, this objective could still be reviewed, but this is highly unlikely. We should also remember that the official objective is to reduce the environmental impact of the market for new technologies since ” consumers will no longer need a different charging device and cable each time they purchase a new device, and will be able to use a single charger for all their small and medium-sized portable electronic devices “.
What will Apple do?
Smartphones (and mobile phones as a whole) are concerned. Concretely, Apple iPhones firmly attached to their proprietary Lightning port will also have to comply with this new legislation from the fall of 2024.
Agreement concluded! ✅🔌
Member States & European Parliament have just agreed in principle on a common universal charger in Europe 🇪🇺
USB-C will be the standard charging port for all new smartphones & tablets placed on the European market!https://t.co/mQM3VpSk4r
— European Commission 🇪🇺 (@UEFrance)
All eyes therefore inevitably turn to Apple. The Cupertino company, which has just come out of WWDC 2022, will have to bend before the European parliament and council by replacing the Lightning port with the USB-C port (at least in EU member countries), or it must quickly find a legal parade to counter-attack.
Another solution can be considered: an iPhone rechargeable only wirelessly, without any port. However, this remains mere speculation at present. It is unclear whether Apple is actually considering this possibility or not.
USB-C on all smartphones… but not only
Note that in addition to cell phones, “ tablets, e-readers, in-ear headphones, digital cameras, headphones and earphones, portable video game consoles, and portable speakers that are rechargeable via a wired cable will also be required to equip themselves with a USB Type-C port, “ regardless of their manufacturer “. Regarding laptops, an additional period of 40 months after the entry into force of the text will be granted to fall into line.
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