EU Issues A New Official Deadline for Companies to Switch to USB-C

The EU has established a timeframe that these businesses must adhere to after introducing new regulations that would require corporations like Apple and other technology firms to add USB-C to iPhones and other products. In other words, these businesses have plenty of time to complete the changeover, thus the iPhone 15 series won’t need to do away with the Lightning connector in 2019

The EU did not provide a precise date, although one was planned, according to the recently released information. According to the European Union, all smartphones must include a USB-C connector by December 28, 2024. However, other devices are not covered by the new law because the following hardware is also included in the legislation that was passed in October of this year: 

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. Laptops will also have to be adapted to the requirements by 40 months after the entry into force.”

As a result, in addition to iPhones, other Apple devices like AirPods that have not yet adopted the USB-C interface will need to do so before the deadline. Apple and other businesses have until 2024 to transition to USB-C, so it has the option to decide at the last minute to keep the antiquated charging connector on its iPhone 15 series. The new regulation also implies that soon, additional Apple goods like Mac keyboards, mouse, and trackpads will have to come with USB-C connectors by EU regulations, enabling customers to share a single charger.

Source: EUR-Lex


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