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EU agrees to make USB-C chargers mandatory by 2024

Paul Lipscombe
June 8, 2022

The move could push Apple to change its charging port to meet legislations

The EU has pushed forward with plans to enforce that all devices sold within the bloc are legally required to come with a USB-C port for charging.

This will see the USB-C charging port become the common charging port for devices by late 2024, with the move expected to have a big impact on Apple.

In a statement, the European Parliament and European Council confirmed that a deal had been agreed, as it seeks to eliminate the need for consumers to buy a different charging cable each time they purchase a new device.

The move to introduce a common charging port is also being made to cut down on electronic waste.

European parliament spokesperson Alex Saliba said: “Today we have made the common charger a reality in Europe.

“European consumers were long frustrated with multiple chargers piling up with every new device. Now they will be able to use a single charger for all their portable electronics.”

However the introduction of these proposals – which is yet to be approved by the European Parliament and European Council – is expected to provide a headache for Apple, with the vendor using its own Apple lightning port for wired charging.

And although Apple has introduced USB-C ports to its MacBook’s and some iPad models, if the proposals are pushed through, the vendor will need to change to a USB-C for its smartphones too.

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