The European Parliament has been debating passing a law for making Type-C the standard charging port for electronic devices in their region which was approved last week.
As per the European Parliament, all devices that support fast charging will now have the same charging speed, allowing users to charge their devices at the same speed with any compatible charger. By end of 2024, all new mobile phones, tablets, digital cameras, headphones and headsets, handheld videogame consoles and portable speakers, e-readers, keyboards, mice, portable navigation systems, earbuds, and laptops that are rechargeable via a wired cable, operating with a power delivery of up to 100 Watts, will have to be equipped with a USB Type-C port.
As you may know, most Apple products have a Type-C port except for the iPhone. It still retains the lightning port. This means you must carry more than one charger with you most of the time. This looks like it will go on for a while. We expected the iPhone 14 as per the leaks will transition to Type-C but that did not happen.
This law only exempts small devices so Apple will be required to make the move. But, there is a likelihood that they will look into an alternative to it. The fact that they introduced E-Sim only iPhone 14s for the US market means they can just opt to make USB Type-C-only iPhones for the EU market. The other option which has been talked about for a while is transitioning to a portless iPhone. I mean, the iPhone now has no headphone jack and no Simcard port so changing to a portless iPhone and using MagSafe could be the way to go.
The law is awaiting formal council approval then it will take effect 20 days after publication. All states under the EU will have 24 months to apply it. The law exempts devices made before the application date. This is enough time for Apple to come up with a solution.
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