Voted. USB-C has to hit (almost) all smartphones

Members of the European Parliament passed the new rules by an overwhelming majority. USB-C will soon become the only acceptable standard for wired charging in the EU. Exactly – wired.

We informed about the new regulations in June, but they were still waiting to be adopted by the European Parliament. However, the assumptions that this was just a formality were confirmed.

USB-C in smartphones and more. The European Parliament has decided

602 MEPs supported the introduction of the new law. Only 13 were against and 8 abstained.

Under the new regulations, by the end of 2024, manufacturers will have to provide a USB-C port for mobile phones, tablets, digital cameras, headphones, headsets and portable video game consoles, speakers, electronic readers, keyboards, mice and navigation systems. In spring 2026, the law will also apply to laptops.

USB-C is the most popular standard on the market anyway, so in reality the regulations mainly hit Apple, which develops its own Lightning standard. The regulations also mean killing the microUSB port, which is used today mainly in budget devices.

As the law is not retroactive, no sales ban will apply to non-USB-C products that will be placed on the market before the new regulations enter into force.

The European Parliament also demands a unified standard for fast charging

In addition to the common port, the new regulations also require that “all devices that support fast charging have the same charging speed”. We are talking about “charging at the same speed with any compatible charger”.

However, Chinese producers have already prepared for EU plans by developing a common UFCS fast charging standard. Even such giants as Xiaomi, Huawei, OPPO and vivo have already expressed their interest in it.

iPhone with USB-C? The European Parliament leaves Apple a wicket

For years, the changes have been talked about mainly in the context of Apple, which is the only one consistently focusing on its own Lightning port. The iPhone with a USB-C port, however, is not a sure thing.

The regulations cover devices that “are wired rechargeable and operate up to 100 watts.” In theory, it will therefore be possible to create only wirelessly charged smartphones that would be without any ports. Such devices even existed already, although they were not successful.

It is worth recalling here that the iPhones 12, 13 and 14 already support the proprietary Apple MagSafe standard, which allows you to charge phones inductively using a magnetic connector.

The MagSafe standard could in theory circumvent the new regulations
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The MagSafe standard could in theory circumvent the new regulations

The complete abandonment of charging ports is the worst scenario, but not necessarily the most likely. Apple has been using the USB-C connector in MacBooks and some iPads for years, so there is no reason why the company should refuse to use this standard also in iPhones.

There are practical and ecological reasons behind the decision made. The European Parliament estimates that discarded and unused chargers account for around 11,000. tonnes of e-waste per year. Thanks to a unified standard, EU citizens are to save € 250 million a year on chargers.

Miron Nurski, editor-in-chief of Komórkomania

Source: Komó – aktualności ze świata smartfonów i tabletów by

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