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It has been in the air for several years, and may soon become a reality: the European Commission may soon require manufacturers to move to a standard USB-C charging standard. The main victim:



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Will Apple have to replace the iPhone's charging socket?

It's been in the air for a few years now, and it may soon become a reality: the European Commission may soon require manufacturers to move to a standard USB-C charging standard, which has been around for years on Android devices.

The main victim: Apple

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Yinon Ben Shoshan

Wednesday, 22 September 2021, 10:00 Updated: 10:25

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Coming soon with a new charger?

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The European Commission, the executive branch of the EU, plans to present tomorrow (Thursday) a bill that will require all technology giants to move to a uniform charging standard in electronic devices - and use a USB-C connection, which already exists in most Android devices today.

This was reported on the Politko website over the weekend.



In 2018, the EU began threatening to pass a law that would make USB-C a mandatory standard, so that any device would be required to come with a charging cable that supports USB-C.

Now, it seems that the threat may become a reality, with the main victim being Apple - which has been using the Lightning connection since 2012.

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The main victim: Apple (Photo: Reuters)

The new rules - which will also apply to tablets, headphones, cameras and speakers - will finally come into force in 2024, as the European Commission intends to introduce legislation as early as next year, giving companies another year to get organized and make the necessary transition to USB-C connection.



The proposal, which aims to reduce e-waste, won the support of the European Parliament last year, with the main aim of reducing the annual amount of e-waste production on the continent by 980 tonnes.

About two years ago, Apple claimed that the transition to the new standard would "interfere with consumers" and "freeze innovation."

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