What you need to know
- The EU has confirmed an agreement on USB-C charging.
- All devices sold in the bloc, including the iPhone, must have USB-C by 2024.
- The full list of devices also includes devices like AirPods, laptops, tablets, and more.
The EU has today confirmed that the iPhone and other gadgets must have a USB-C charging port by autumn 2024.
The bloc stated:
New rules seek to ensure that "consumers will no longer need a different charging device and cable every time they purchase a new device and can use one single charger for all of their small and medium-sized portable electronic devices."
The full list is as follows:
- Digital Cameras
- Handheld consoles
- Portable Speakers
Laptops will also have to fall in line but a longer time scale of 40 months has been set for this. The latter won't be a worry for Apple, which ships all of its best MacBooks with a USB-C port of some description. However, with its latest M2 MacBook Air and MacBook Pro (2021) Apple has re-embraced its MagSafe charging system, which might need a rethink down the line. As noted, Apple has much more time to figure this out for laptops.
The major change, of course, is the iPhone. While it had previously been thought impossible that Apple would make the switch, multiple recent leaks indicate Apple is indeed planning USB-C for iPhone 14, in part to comply with this law. Ming-Chi Kuo says accessories like Magic Mice and Keyboards, as well as Apple's best true wireless earbuds the AirPods, will also follow suit.
In a response to these proposed measures in September Apple stated:
The company further stated that a short transition period of just two years would be problematic.
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