As the law ends, the USB-C iPhone will be a legal requirement in Europe by 2024

As the law ends, the USB-C iPhone will be a legal requirement in Europe by 2024 ...

As the European Union reached an agreement on a shared charging port for all smartphones, we reported that USB-C iPhones would become mandatory from 2024.

Despite a complete vote of the European Parliament, we said it would be certain to pass, and the EU has today confirmed that this would be true.

Background to the law

When consumers get a new phone, the primary aim of the law is to reduce electrical waste.

The European Union has long believed that a single charging port would be required. We can be very grateful that progress from initial proposal to law has so long taken so long, because back when the idea was first introduced, the most common port was the truly evil microUSB one. This was both uni-directional and extremely fiddly.

Despite this, the standard will be the USB-C port, which has already been adopted by the most powerful and mid-market Android smartphones.

Lawmakers in the United States have endorsed this approach, stating that it would reduce consumer expenses as well as mitigate e-waste.

Apples journey toward a USB-C iPhone

Apple will effectively require the iPhone 16 to switch ports from Lightning to USB-C, but it appears unlikely that the company would have made the switch anyway.

Apple began its use of USB-C for Macs back in 2015, with the 12-inch MacBook. Initially, it went all-in with the 2016 MacBook Pro, before returning a little last year by restoring MagSafe, HDMI, and SD card slots.

In 2018, the iPad introduced Lightning to USB-C as a result of the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models.

An iPhone 15 that was once the sole core Apple product with a Lightning socket was retained. Several observers believe that it would continue to do so until the first portless model was introduced. However, Ming-Chi Kuo informed earlier this year that Apple would make the switch to USB-C in the iPhone 15.

A shift to the USB4 model that was only announced last month provides another incentive for the switch, which can yield data transfer speeds up to 80GBps.

Law passes with overwhelming majority

As expected, the parliament approved the legislation quite easily.

The new measure, adopted by the parliament on Tuesday with 602 votes in favor, 13 against, and 8 abstentions, is part of a broad EU effort to reduce e-waste and to help consumers make more durable choices.

It encompasses non only smartphones, but a wide range of other devices.

Regardless of their manufacturer, all new mobile phones, tablets, digital cameras, handheld videogame consoles, portable speakers, e-readers, keyboards, mice, portable navigation systems, earbuds, and laptops that are rechargeable via a wired cable, all with a USB Type-C port.

Is it possible that Apple might take the time to reposition the famous charging port in the Magic Mouse?

Laptops will be charged via USB-C and the law by 2026, but Apple is quite right ahead of the game here. Despite the fact that the latest models do have MagSafe charging ports, the gaming experience can be accessed even remotely.

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