Since 2024, smartphones with only USB-C, Lightning will say goodbye to the EU | TechBuzz

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If you are watching the world of technology, you have not missed the fact that the European Union has long had a lot of connectors in its stomach needed to charge electronics, although most modern devices have fortunately reduced the amount to USB-C and Apple’s proprietary Lightning connector. However, according to EU representatives, this is not enough either, and from the autumn of 2024, all charging connectors are to be unified on USB-C, which is practical for several reasons. In addition to being a double-sided connector (so you don’t hit the right side, as is the case with USB-A), it is possible to transfer data through it at a very high speed and at the same time supply high power with a cable.

Since this step, the EU also promises that (within the EU) up to 11,000 tons of waste will not be generated each year. According to, consumers should also save around 6.2 billion crowns a year by using only one power adapter for all small and medium-sized electronics. In addition to mobile phones, the directive also covers tablets, book readers, digital cameras, headphones and portable game consoles and speakers. The same fate awaits laptops, but they will have 40 months to “adapt” since the new directive enters into force (Autumn 2024).

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The agreement, which is due to be formally approved in the coming days, was preceded by protests by Apple, according to which the unification of connectors will lead to a reduction in innovation and will ultimately harm consumers. Given that Apple has not included a power adapter with iPhones for some time (but this is not the case with iPads) and is strongly pushing for MagSafe charging, it is highly likely that it may abandon wire charging as we know it by then.

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