The EU has sentenced Apple to death for charging ports: iphones must be compatible with Type-c within two years

Published:2022-06-08 Author:Mass Power

The European Union on Tuesday reached an agreement that requires standardized charging interfaces for electronic devices, including mobile phones and tablets.

The European Union's Internal Market and Consumer Committee (IMCO) has announced that all smartphones, tablets, e-readers, digital cameras and other electronic products sold in the region must use the TYPE-C port.

In addition, IMCO also requires the devices to unify the quick charging technology and sell the chargers and devices separately.

A follow-up statement added that usB-C would be the universal charging port for all phones, tablets and cameras in the EU by autumn 2024.But laptops will have a longer transition period -- 40 months after the new rules take effect.

The EU began pushing for standardisation of charging ports more than a decade ago, but only announced plans last September.The consortium thinks a unified charging interface could save consumers €250m a year and reduce electronics waste.

"For many of the electronic devices in our daily lives, a common charger should be the consensus," Eu Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton said in a statement.European consumers can satisfy all portable electronics with just one charger, which is an important step towards increasing convenience and reducing waste."

The iPhone must be compatible with Type-C within two years

This means that the iPhone will have to adapt usB-C within two years and abandon the highly profitable MFI certification business.

Apple has long opposed the EU proposal.The company has previously said that inappropriate use of outdated international standards stifles innovation and creates e-waste by forcing users to replace their chargers.

Foreign media confirmed that apple has been testing a new USB-C interface, according to people familiar with the matter.

Last month, renowned Analyst 𠓹 predicted that Apple would consider switching the iPhone 15 series from Lightning to USB-C in 2023