The European Union recently agreed to use a standard USB-C charging port on phones. This move is part of the EU’s efforts to reduce electronic waste. The new standard will be mandatory for phones and many other electronic products sold in Europe. Now, we have a clear date on this issue.
December 28 2024 is the deadline for switching USB-C ports
The recent decision to reduce electronic waste has been finalized. By 2024, many next-generation electronic products sold in Europe, including iPhones, will have USB-C ports as standard. The decision was accepted with 602 positive votes and is now officially in place. The deadline for this decision is December 28, 2024.
In fact, this date is not very important. Almost all Android phone and tablet models and many other electronic products that come out today use USB-C. In this respect, the new legislation introduced by the European Union concerns Apple, the company that continues to use Lightning in iPhones. So, in light of the new legislation, Apple will have to design future iPhone models with USB-C ports if it wants to sell them in European Union countries.
Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior marketing executive, answering Joanna Stern’s questions at The Wall Street Journal’s event, said that “We will comply with the European Union’s decision, even if we don’t find it very favorable”. Greg Joswiak mentioned that “more than a billion” people use Apple’s chargers. “We believe our approach would have been better for the environment and our consumers if governments hadn’t imposed such strict rules,” he said, adding that users throwing away “Lightning” cables would have resulted in more electronic waste.
Thus, the USB-C switch for the iPhone side has been officially approved for the first time. According to the allegations, Apple will start using USB-C in future iPhone models in the next year. The company will also launch many other products in the new year in accordance with the new decision.