The European Union issues a new official deadline for when Apple and other companies must switch iPhones and other devices to USB-C

After the European Union introduced new legislation that would force companies like Apple and other tech companies to bring USB-C to iPhones and other products, it published a deadline for those companies to meet. In short, these companies have plenty of time to make the switch, which means the iPhone 15 series doesn’t necessarily need to ditch the Lightning port next year.

All smartphones, including iPhones, must have a USB-C port by December 28, 2024, according to an EU deadline.

The EU has not set an exact date, but one is in the works, according to newly published details. The European Union claims that by December 28, 2024, all smartphones should have a USB-C port. However, the new law does not exclude other devices. According to the legislation passed in October this year, the following devices are also included.

“Under the new rules, consumers will no longer need a different charging device and cable each time they buy a new device, and can use a single charger for all their small and medium-sized portable electronic devices. Cell phones, tablets, e-readers, earphones, digital cameras and headphones must be “Headphones, headphones, handheld video game consoles and rechargeable portable speakers via wired USB Type-C port, regardless of their manufacturer. Laptops will also have to be adapted to the requirements by 40 months after they go into effect.”

This means that apart from the iPhones, other Apple products, such as the AirPods, that have not yet adopted the USB-C interface, will be required to make the switch before the deadline. 2024 is still a long time for Apple and other companies to gravitate towards USB-C, which means it could decide at the eleventh hour that its iPhone 15 series will continue to feature the dated charging port. Fortunately, there are reports claiming that the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Ultra will ship with a USB-C port, with the underlying technology supporting Thunderbolt 3 levels of data transfer.

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The new law also means that eventually, other Apple products such as Mac keyboards, mice, and trackpads will have to be shipped with USB-C ports as mandated by EU law, allowing for a shared charger between consumers.

News source: EUR-Lex

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