EU passes law forcing Apple to change iPhone charger

The EU’s ruling will take effect from Autumn 2024

EU passes law forcing Apple to change iPhone charger.

In a blow to Apple, all smartphones and tablets must have a standard USB-C charger within two years.

According to a new legislation, all small electronic devices sold in the EU must use the same charging wire by 2024, forcing Apple to modify the iPhone’s charger.

EU passes law for iphone charger

The new rule, which applies to laptops starting in 2026, will force tech companies to switch to USB-C.

The majority of makers of phones and tablets have already shifted to that new standard. Apple already uses USB-C for its MacBook and iPad, but it hasn’t changed the Lightning connector it uses with its iPhones.

Other rumors claim that Apple may want to completely do away with the charging plug and concentrate only on wireless charging. By the end of 2024, the EU plans to introduce new regulations for wireless charging.

EU passes law for iphone charger

The new EU law includes peripherals like computers and mice. AirPods, keyboards, and other Apple goods currently use the Lightning wire.

The rapporteur of the parliament, a Maltese MEP named Alex Agius Saliba, declared that “the common charger will finally become a reality in Europe.” “After waiting more than ten years for these regulations, we can now put the current overabundance of chargers in the past.

“This futureproof law allows for the development of innovative charging solutions in the future, and it will benefit everyone – from frustrated consumers to our vulnerable environment. 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.”

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Britain’s government has said it is unlikely to follow the EU in introducing similar legislation, but most global manufacturers make products that comply with laws in market regions rather than individual countries.

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