An agreement has been reached between European Union lawmakers on legislation that will require all future smartphones sold in the EU, including Apple iPhones, to be equipped with universal USB-C charging parts by fall 2024.
The Verge reports that European lawmakers have reached an agreement on legislation that would require all future smartphones sold in the EU to have a USB-C charging port by fall 2024. The rule s will apply to other devices such as tablets, digital cameras, headphones, etc. Laptops will have to comply with the legislation, but have been given an extended deadline.
While the legislation has been drafted in various formats for more than a decade, agreement on the scope of the new rule was only reached this week following negotiations between several EU bodies.
European Parliament rapporteur Alex Agius Saliba commented in a press release: “Today we have made the common charger a reality in Europe! European consumers have long been frustrated by the accumulation of multiple chargers with each new device. From now on, they will be able to use a single charger for all their portable electronic devices. »
We have reached an agreement on the common charger! 🔌👏
✔️mobile phones, tablets, e-readers, digital cameras and more #USBtypeC
✔️harmonized fast charging technology
✔️dissociation of the sale of chargers from the sale of devices
🔴 Press conference at 12:30 p.m. CEST ➡️ https://t.co/TCBXxzIEdr pic.twitter.com/29JmeL0nxe
– IMCO Committee Press (@EP_SingleMarket) June 7, 2022
This decision aims to reduce electronic waste and make life easier for consumers. Lawmakers are hoping phones and other devices won’t come with a charger in the box because buyers will already have a suitable charger at home. The EU estimates the legislation could save consumers up to €250m a year on ‘unnecessary charger purchases’ and cut 11,000 tonnes of e-waste a year.
This is likely to shake things up at Apple, which has kept its Lightning port for its iPhone devices for many years. Reporter Saliba added: “In two years, if Apple wants to sell its products in our domestic market, it will have to follow our rules and its device will have to be USB-C.”
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