EU adopts law requiring Apple support for USB-C chargers

After Monday’s vote by EU member states, a landmark law that required Apple and other electronics manufacturers to adopt USB-C in the European Union as a universal charging standard has passed its final hurdle.

This law is unique in that it targets smartphones, tablets, and other small devices such as portable speakers, digital cameras, mobile speakers, and many other small devices. The new law aims to reduce the number of cables and chargers consumers have to deal with when purchasing a new device. It also allows users to mix and match chargers and devices, even those made by different manufacturers.

Apple could be one of the most affected by this legislation. Apple, a manufacturer of iPhones, has required that users charge their devices with a Lightning-branded charging connector. However, the new rules would force Apple to abandon Lightning for devices it sells in the EU. Apple could also test this change for iPhones.

According to a release from the EU, the EU law must be signed by the presidents and the European Council of the EU Parliament. However, these formalities are not required. The legislation was approved by the EU legislators earlier this month.

The rules will not only cover new, small electronics that are on the market by 2024 but also larger electronics like laptops starting in 2026. European officials will be required to streamline standards for wireless charging, which is a technology that is rapidly expanding.

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