The iPhone must have USB-C in Europe in 2024

It is confirmed: Europe will force the use of USB-C in all most devices from 2024, including Apple’s iPhone.

It has been known for months but it has just become official, the European Parliament has voted today in favor use the USB-C connection as a single charging port in a wide range of consumer electronic devices end of 2024including the iPhone y los AirPods. In other words, the iPhone 16 must have USB-C in Europe.

The new law has been approved by a large majority, 602 votes in favour, 13 against and 8 abstentions and the USB type C charging port will be mandatory in most electronic devices on the market.

Before the end of 2024, all mobile phones, tablets and cameras sold in the EU will have to incorporate a USB Type-C charging port. From spring 2026, the obligation will be extended to laptops. The plenary approved the new legislation on Tuesday with 602 votes in favor, 13 against and 8 abstentions. This initiative is part of a broader EU strategy to reduce e-waste and inform consumers so they can make more sustainable choices.

USB-C y Lightning

The iPhone will have to stop using Lightning in favor of USB-C

The USB-C connection will be mandatory in 2024

The connection through the USB-C port will be mandatory in 2024 in practically the majority of consumer electronic devices. However, Apple uses it in most of its devices, MacBooks and iPads have been using USB-C for yearsand the Apple Watch is exempt from this regulation for the time being.

Regardless of the manufacturer, the obligation will apply to all mobile phones, tablets, digital cameras, headphones, e-books, keyboards and mice, as well as video game consoles, speakers, navigation systems and laptops. .

Will apply exemptions for devices that are too small to offer a USB-C port, smartwatches like the Apple Watch, health trackers and some sports equipment, but the legislation is expected to expand to other devices over time.

Lightning vs USB-C: what would the iPhone gain and what would it lose

Apple is expected to make the jump to USB-C next year and the iPhone 15 will use this connection instead of Lightning. So the company could be one year ahead of the new European regulations. Also, Apple will also have to update AirPods and other accessories that currently use Lightning, such as the MagSafe external battery.

Source: iPadizate by

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