June 6, 2023

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agreed!  The European Union makes the USB-C standard universal and Apple needs to adapt the iPhone

agreed! The European Union makes the USB-C standard universal and Apple needs to adapt the iPhone

Update (06/07/22) – JB

European Union MPs, Tuesday (7), agreed to The bill that needed All manufacturers that have representation on the continent for Use a USB-C connection as a global standard.

The rule applies not only to smartphones, but also to other devices such as tablets, cameras, headphones, consoles, e-readers, and more. In a press release, the European Parliament said that The law will enter into force “until the fall of 2024”.

The text rapporteur in the European Parliament, Alex Agios Saliba, said:

Today we made Shared Charger a reality in Europe. European consumers have always been frustrated with the accumulation of multiple chargers with each new device. Now they will be able to use a single charger for all their portable electronic devices.

The next step for the European Union is to legislate for Unification of wireless chargers And even fast charging technologies. Of course, this measure directly affects Apple, but the EU text left an interesting gap:

The rules only apply to “wired-cable rechargeable” devices, meaning a device that charges only wirelessly won’t need to be equipped with a USB-C port.

It’s worth noting that the new EU rule also opens doors for manufacturers to sell their devices without a charger in the box.

The European Union estimates that the new rule could save consumers €250 million a year on “non-essential shipper purchases” and reduce around 11,000 tons of e-waste annually.

Original text (04/06/22)

After several months of discussion,a The European Union will vote next Tuesday (7) The law making USB-C connection mandatory on all devices sold in the countries that make up the ban.

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The date for the meeting in the European Parliament has already been set, and the text of the law has been put on the agenda at the end of this week. According to people with access to parliamentarians, the expectation is that the bill will be approved by a large majority.

With this, Apple will have to abandon the Lightning connection forever and adopt USB-C on the iPhone and other devices.

In addition, headphones, smartwatches, and other devices from all manufacturers will also need to use the new standard to obtain ban certification.

An interesting curiosity is that voting should take place one day after Apple officially opens its conference from developers WWDC 2022. Therefore, there are opportunities for the company to express itself on European legislation and even announce something new that includes USB-C.

Apple hardly adopts the Lightning standard in the rest of the world to use USB-C only in Europe. Therefore, market analysts believe that The company must use a global connection definitively in iPhone 15 Or simply migrate all your devices to induction charging.

In any case, no changes should happen this year. This is because the previous text of the law stated that tech companies had an adjustment period that lasted until mid-2024, but this point could also be modified to speed up change.