Apple is used to having its way. When it doesn’t happen, it’s big news, so consider this a bit of big news.
The EU has set a course for all smartphones to be legally required to use a USB-C port for charging. Why would Tim Cook and company be a little annoyed by that? Because Apple is the only big-time smartphone brand that does not have that type of connection.
They will have to by the fall of 2024, however. This new ruling affects every smartphone sold in the bloc, which means goodbye to the Apple lightning port for wired charging across the pond.
Why is the EU doing this? They say it will reduce hassle for consumers and reduce electronic waste (did you know that was a thing)? Plus, now people will be able to use older chargers with new devices.
The rule affects “all small and medium-sized portable electronic devices.” Specifically mobile phones, cameras, tablets, keyboards, speakers, headphones, earbuds, and headsets.
While Apple execs are undoubtedly ticked off, it’s nothing but good vibrations for European parliament members who supported this move. Here’s a quote from spokesman Alex Agius Saliba.
“Today we have made the common charger a reality in Europe. European consumers were long frustrated with multiple chargers piling up with every new device. Now they will be able to use a single charger for all their portable electronics.”