The European Parliament has voted in favor of mandating the use of USB-C in mobile devices including Apple iPhones. By the end of 2024, phones, tablets, and cameras will need to support the new connector. By 2026, laptops will also need to support USB-C. The EU is touting the new standard as a win for the environment and consumers.
Apple has opposed the new EU standard because it believes that it will prevent future innovation and harm consumers. This is a controversial statement, as the company uses a proprietary Lightning connector on its devices.
Also, it is not clear what impact the new standard will have on future Apple products. It is unclear whether Apple will drop the Lightning connector or support wireless charging. It’s possible that the company will switch to USB-C only in the future.
The European Parliament voted to require the use of USB-C charging ports on all new consumer electronics by 2024. The aim of the EU’s legislation is to cut down on electronic waste and promote sustainable shopping.
In practice, this means that Apple will have to remove the Lightning port from its iPhones in Europe. However, the tech giant will have over a year to comply with the new rules. In addition, most companies already use USB-C in their products.
The European Parliament voted to make USB-C charging the standard for mobile devices. By 2024, all smartphones, tablets, and cameras sold in the EU must have USB-C charging ports. This mandate will also extend to laptops by 2026. In addition, standardizing the charging ports will prevent consumers from having to buy separate power adapters and ensure that devices supporting fast charging will work with any power adapter.