It looks even more likely that iPhones will soon be dropping lightning cables, as all smartphones sold in the European Union will be required to use USB-C ports by the fall of 2024. This includes Apple’s iPhone and other electronic devices such as portable video game consoles, tablets, laptops, etc.
According to The Verge, this legislation has been more than a decade in the making, with both parties agreeing to make the change. The legislation has yet to be approved by both Parliament and the Council of the European Union later this year, although it seems very likely that the law will be passed.
It was previously reported that the current Apple products that still use lightning chargers are Airpods, Apple TV remote, the MagSafe battery, the MagSafe Duo charger, and the iPhone. The iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad Mini and Macs have already switched to USB-C.
Last year, Apple openly criticized the move, telling Reuters that the legislation “stiffens rather than encourages innovation, which in turn will hurt consumers in Europe and around the world.”
The European Union has decided to introduce a “regular charger” to reduce e-waste and make life easier for consumers. The European Union predicts that the new legislation will save buyers €250 million a year and reduce e-waste by 11,000 tons.
A European Union press release states that the new legislation applies to devices “that are rechargeable via a wired cable”. So Apple could get around this new legislation by making a portless iPhone, but that seems unlikely because wireless charging isn’t as reliable and struggles to sync with other devices.
The only piece of legislation that has not yet been worked out is the charging standard for laptops. Phone companies have 24 months to move to USB-C, while computer companies have 30 months to make the switch. This is mainly because laptop chargers use different power requirements.
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