A blow to Apple: the European Parliament approved - USB-C in all devices from 2024
After years of discussions, all smartphones sold in the European Union starting in the fall of 2024 will be required to be equipped with a USB-C socket as a universal standard.
The biggest loser from the decision - Apple
Yanon ben Shoshan
Wednesday, October 5, 2022, 7:00 p.m. Updated: 7:01 p.m.
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Apple charger (Photo: ShutterStock)
The end to Apple's multiple chargers and lightning plug: after many years of discussions, the European Parliament has finally approved - all smartphones sold in the European Union starting in the fall of 2024, including the iPhone, will be equipped with a USB-C socket as a universal standard.
The law applies to any other common gadget, including tablets, cameras, headphones, mobile consoles and e-book readers, with a power of up to 100 watts.
Laptops will have to make the transition to the new standard by spring 2026 (a final date will be determined later).
The promotion of the law is actually part of the European Union's ambition to minimize the amount of electronic waste that is currently found throughout the continent.
The one who this is bad news for is Apple, which for years insisted on keeping its proprietary plug, the Lightning, thus forcing its users to purchase compatible cables and chargers made by it.
It should be noted that the Lightning plug is actually USB-C for everything, except for its physical form.
Now the European Union has put an end to Apple's non-consumer but profitable move, which will oblige it to change the sockets on its devices at least for the European market (and already on the way, for the whole world).
USB-C cable as a universal standard for all devices (Photo: ShutterStock)
"According to the new rules, consumers will no longer need a different charger every time they purchase a new device, as they will be able to use one charger for a whole range of small and medium-sized portable electronic devices," said a press release from the Parliament, adding: "For all devices that support fast charging There will now be the same charging speed, allowing users to charge their devices at the same speed with any compatible charger."
However, products that will be marketed before the directive's implementation date will not be required to include the new standard.
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