Today, the European Parliament voted overwhelmingly in favor of enforcing USB-C as a common charging port across a wide range of consumer electronic devices, including Iphone and AirPods by the end of 2024.
The proposal, known as the directive, requires all consumer electronics manufacturers selling their products in Europe to ensure that a wide range of devices feature a USB-C port. This “common port” would be the world’s first law and would affect Apple in particular because it widely uses the Lightning connector instead of USB-C on many of its devices. MEPs claim that this move will reduce e-waste, address product sustainability, and make the use of different devices more convenient.
The resolution received 602 votes in favour, against 13, with eight abstentions. a press release It was passed by the European Parliament earlier today that states:
By the end of 2024, all mobile phones, tablets and cameras sold in the EU should have a USB Type-C charging port. From the spring of 2026, the commitment will extend to laptops. The new law, which was adopted in plenary on Tuesday with 602 votes in favor, 13 against and 8 abstentions, is part of the EU’s broader efforts to reduce e-waste and enable consumers to make more sustainable choices.
Under the new rules, consumers will not need a different charger each time they buy a new device, as they will be able to use one charger for a whole range of small and medium-sized portable electronic devices.
Regardless of the manufacturer, all new mobile phones, tablets, digital cameras, headphones, headphones, portable video game consoles, portable speakers, e-readers, keyboards, mice, portable navigation systems, earphones, computers Portable that can be recharged via a wired cable, with a power delivery of up to 100W, it must be equipped with a USB Type-C port.
All devices that support fast charging will now have the same charging speed, allowing users to charge their devices at the same speed using any compatible charger.
The exemptions will apply to devices that are too small to provide a USB-C port, such as smart watches, health trackers, and some sports equipment, but the legislation is expected to expand to other devices over time. Companies will also have to ensure that custom labels clearly inform consumers of the charging characteristics of the devices they purchase.
In addition, the European Union seeks to ensure that wireless charging solutions are interoperable as technology evolves over time. The directive enables the European Commission to develop mandated procedures by the end of 2024 that compel companies to make their custom wireless charging solutions more open and meet interoperability standards, helping consumers to avoid being locked into private charging solutions while preventing fragmentation and reducing waste. It is not clear if this will include Apple MagSafe Charging system for iPhone and AirPods as it is based on the Qi wireless charging standard.
Now, the directive must be approved by the European Council so it can be published in the Official Journal of the European Union. It will enter into force 20 days after its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union and its requirements will start to apply to new devices after 24 months. Products that were put up for sale before the order date will be exempt and can continue to be sold after that point.
In 2018, the European Commission attempted to reach a final solution on this issue but failed to become law. At the time, Apple warned that imposing a common charging port on the industry would stifle innovation and create electronic waste as consumers would be forced to switch to new cables.
European Union The effort resumed last yearwith the European Commission spearheading a Updated version of the guidance. In April, the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Commission Vote for guidance, by 43 votes to only two. In June, the European Union Commission on Internal Market and Consumer Protection reached an agreement To provide guidance to the European Parliament.
Both Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo And the BloombergMark Gorman He said that Apple is testing a version of the iPhone that has a USB-C port instead of a Lightning port. Kuo thinks Apple can convert iPhone to USB-C From iPhone 15 of 2023Before Transfer AirPods and other accessories Later. This timing will allow Apple to switch many of its affected devices to USB-C before the EU directive comes into effect.
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