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iPhone must use USB-C by 2024, says EU law

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The European Union will require all iPhones as well as other electronic including tablets to incorporate USB-C no later than the end of 2024.

The EU’s long-debated plan to enforce a common charger standard on manufacturers of smartphones, tablets, cameras and other devices, has become law. It was voted into law on October 4, 2022, by the EU Parliament with 602 votes in favor, 13 against, and 8 abstentions.

“The common charger will finally become a reality in Europe,” said EU rapporteur (spokesperson) Alex Agius Saliba in a statement. “We have waited more than ten years for these rules, but we can finally leave the current plethora of chargers in the past.”

“This future-proof law allows for the development of innovative charging solutions in the future, and it will benefit everyone – from frustrated consumers to our vulnerable environment,” continued the statement. “These are difficult times for politics, but we have shown that the EU has not run out of ideas or solutions to improve the lives of millions in Europe and inspire other parts of the world to follow suit.”

The EU has not specified a date beyond the end of 2024. However, the new law must be formally approved and published, and it will enter into force 20 days later.

EU member states will have a total of 24 months to adopt the law, meaning it can be no sooner than November 2024.

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