Lawmakers in the European Union have hit one agreement on legislation that would require all future mobile phones sold in the EU – including Apple’s iPhone – to have universal USB-C wired charging by the fall of 2024. Other electronic gadgets, such as tablets, digital cameras, headphones, portable video game Consoles and e-readers will be banned.
The law has been under consideration for years, but just this morning many EU authorities reached an agreement on its scope and content.
The announcement was made in a tweet by the European Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee. in view of a press conference scheduled for 12:30 CEST (6:30 a.m. ET) later today. The EU parliament and council must approve the law later in the year. although this seems to be more typical than anything else. The European Parliament said in a press release that the law would enter into force “by autumn 2024”.
In a statement, European Parliament rapporteur Alex Agius Saliba remarked: “Today we have made the common charger a reality in Europe!” said in a statement the rapporteur of the European Parliament Alex Agius Saliba. “European consumers have long been frustrated with the many chargers that come with every new device. “Now they can use a single charger for all their portable electronics.” Wireless chargers will be subject to legislation, as well as harmonization of fast charging standards.
By “autumn 2024”, USB-C will be needed for all smartphones sold in Europe
The guidelines will reduce e-waste in the EU by making electronic chargers compatible. Legislators predict that in the future, phones will no longer need to be accompanied by a charger, as customers will already have the necessary cable and wall charger at home. According to the EU, the measures could save customers 250m euros a year in “unnecessary charger purchases” and reduce e-waste by 11,000 tonnes a year.
Apple, which is the only major smartphone maker that still uses a proprietary socket instead of USB-C, will be most affected by the deal. Apple sold 241 million iPhones worldwide in 2021, with about 56 million shipped to Europe. The restrictions only apply to gadgets “which are rechargeable via wired cable”, according to the EU News Bulletin. Therefore, a device that only charges wirelessly should not have a USB-C port.
These ideas for legislation were formalized by the European Commission in September. although the block’s efforts to require manufacturers to use a single pricing standard date back more than a decade. Since then, Android makers have installed micro USB and then USB-C as the preferred charging standard. while Apple has switched from its exclusive 30-pin connection to Lightning.