From December 28, 2024, smartphones with a USB-C charging port will be sold in the European Union only. The deadline for switching to USB-C for laptops is 2026.
The corresponding law in the EU was finally approved in October 2022. The regulation should make products in the union more environmentally friendly, reduce e-waste and make life easier for consumers.
In addition to smartphones, the law will apply to tablets, cameras, headphones and game consoles. The requirement applies only to those devices that are charged via a cable.
At the moment, the vast majority of Apple gadgets are charged through the proprietary Lightning cable port. Last month, the corporation announced that it intends to comply with EU regulations regarding charging connector requirements.
According to analyst and insider Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is preparing to switch to USB-C with the iPhone 15. He notes that a faster port will be installed on premium models. The author of Verge suggested that the transition to USB-C will only happen with the iPhone 17, which will be released no earlier than 2027.
The adoption of laws similar to the EU is also being considered in the US, India and Brazil.