EU deal will force iPhones to use USB-C charger by 20242022-06-07 18:41 by Daniela
Tags: iPhone, USB-C
European Union lawmakers have reached an agreement on legislation that will force all future smartphones sold in the EU - including Apple's iPhone - to be equipped with the universal USB-C port for wired charging by fall 2024. The rule will also apply to other electronic devices including tablets, digital cameras, headphones, handheld video game consoles, and e-readers. Laptops will have to comply with the rule at a later date.
Brussels has been pushing for a single mobile charging port for more than a decade, prompted by complaints from iPhone and Android users about having to switch to different chargers for their devices. iPhones are charged from a Lightning cable, while Android-based devices use USB-C connectors.
The EU is also looking to ensure that wireless charging solutions are interoperable as the technology evolves over time. The new directive proposes to empower the European Commission to develop delegated acts that force companies to make their custom wireless charging solutions more open and meet interoperability standards, helping consumers to avoid getting locked into proprietary charging solutions while preventing fragmentation and reducing waste. It is not clear if this would include Apple's MagSafe charging system for the iPhone and AirPods since it is based on the Qi wireless charging standard.
The decision is yet to be approved by the European parliament and European Council, but is expected to be a formality.
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