As Europe requires USB Type-C chargers for smartphones, Apple may be forced to follow Android

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“By autumn 2024, USB Type-C will become the common charging port for all mobile phones, tablets and cameras in the EU, Parliament and Council negotiators agreed today. The provisional agreement on the amended Radio Equipment Directive, establishes a single charging solution for certain electronic devices. This law is a part of a broader EU effort to make products in the EU more sustainable, to reduce electronic waste, and make consumers’ lives easier,” as per a statement by the European Parliament.

If you contemplate the progress of mobile phone chargers over decades, the list could go on and on. Small pin, large pin, Micro-USB, Type-C, Lightning connector… the list could go on and on. While cables have essentially two functions: to charge the battery and to send data, mobile manufacturers have continued to change them, claiming quicker charging and data transfer rates. The continual replacement of charging ports, cables, and chargers for mobile phones has only contributed to the e-waste. Not to mention that it has made your life harder. Now, the European Union believes it is time to make one type of charger and charging connector essential for smartphones: USB Type-C.

Highlights

  • For the record, France has forced Apple and other smartphone brands to offer a wired earphone or EarPods along with their smartphones. This is because it is prohibited to sell mobile handsets without free wired earphones inside the box in France over concerns of radiation damage and it expects citizens to use earphones during voice calls. Now, with the EU mandating a common Type-C charger, it may be interesting to see how Apple tackles the issue. Either the iPhone has to come with a Type-C port and charger or Apple will need to provide some kind of Lightning to Type-C adapter for free in the European region. It is highly unlikely that Apple will make separate iPhones with Type-C ports for just the European Union.

  • While this news is not a big deal for Android smartphones, all major Android brands are offering USB Type but the story for Apple is different. Apple started offering Type-C for MacBooks earlier, then to the iPad but it shifted to MagSafe for newer MacBooks. Having said that, for iPhones, Apple has continued with the Lightning port like forever, irrespective of its charging and data transfer speeds. Now, with the new mandate, Apple is in trouble if it still decides to stick to the Lightning Port.

“The Parliament and Council will have to formally approve the agreement before it is published in the EU Official Journal. It will enter into force 20 days after publication and its provisions will start to apply after 24 months. The new rules would not apply to products placed on the market before the date of application,” said the statement by the EU. This means from 2024, you can expect iPhones with USB Type-C. What’s interesting about these new rules is that “buyers can choose whether to purchase a new device with or without a charging device.” Read all the Latest News , Breaking News and IPL 2022 Live Updates here.

“Under the new rules, consumers will no longer need a different charging device and cable every time they purchase a new device, and can use one single charger for all of their small and medium-sized portable electronic devices. Mobile phones, tablets, e-readers, earbuds, digital cameras, headphones and headsets, handheld videogame consoles and portable speakers that are rechargeable via a wired cable will have to be equipped with a USB Type-C port, regardless of their manufacturer,” as per the statement.

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