EU Law Makers Could Force Apple’s iPhone to Switch to a USB-C Charging Port by the End of 2024
24 October 22
With the constantly growing number of electronic devices in our households, there is a need for a universal charger. We have all been there before —looking through a spaghetti-like mess of wires, trying to find the right one to no avail.
With most new electronic devices switching to a USB-C type charging port, there are still newly introduced products (like Apple’s latest iPhone), which refuse to conform to the new norm.
Apple users have been rallying for years now for Apple to switch from a “Lightning” connector to a USB-C style charging port. Unfortunately, their pleas fell on deaf ears.
Well, if the public opinion does not work a new EU legislation just might. After more than a decade of negotiations between the European Parliament and the European Commission to have a standard type for charging electronic devices, EU lawmakers have agreed that all new smartphones sold in the EU will have the universal USB-C charging port by the end of 2024.
According to the European Parliament, the switch to a universal charging port for all smartphones will ease the life of consumers as well as help reduce electronic waste.
This affects Apple directly, as they have been stubbornly using the Lightning charging port since the introduction of the iPhone 5. Apple has the second largest market share of smartphone sales in Europe, at around 23%, behind Samsung at 29%.
According to Business Insider, Apple is already testing their iPhones with a USB-C port. Technically Apple could ditch a wire charger altogether and switch to wireless charging.
11,000 tons of chargers are disposed of every year adding to the global pollution. The European Parliament believes that the switch to a wired charging standard will help consumers save up to 250 million euros per year by not having to buy new chargers.