From mid-2024, all electronic devices in the EU that can be charged and have space for a USB-C socket are to be equipped according to this standard. The EU Commission has passed a corresponding resolution. Laptops get a transition period of 40 months.
The far-reaching decision includes computer mice, keyboards, laptops, electronic toys and even smartphones. In this way, Apple will also be “forced” to equip its iPhones with a USB-C socket in the future. According to the EU, wireless charging is also to be standardized. According to analyst Ming Chi Kuo, Apple already has suitable plans for the iPhones.
USB-C standard for charging
In future, customers should also be able to decide for themselves whether they want to purchase a device with or without charging accessories. However, this is not yet mandatory. The EU Commission will carry out a further review after four years. Apple already sells its iPhones without a power supply.
The EU hopes to reduce the chaos of the different charging cables. The aim is to avoid electronic waste in this way, because customers would need different cables for different devices.
The plan to introduce uniform charging standards has been running since 2009. The companies themselves were unable to agree on a uniform standard. Apple boss Tim Cook had repeatedly criticized the project.
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