to Law The European Union requires manufacturers to enable charging using the USB-C port. This pertains to smartphones, tablets, digital cameras, headphones, portable speakers, e-readers, portable navigation systems, keyboards, computer mice, earphones, and handheld game consoles. As of April 2026, laptops must also be charged via a USB-C port
Many of these devices already have such a port nowadays. As for smartphones, Apple is the only one you haven’t used yet. From December 2024, this EU tech giant will not be able to launch a new iPhone with its own Lightning port.
The legislation leaves open the marketing of only devices that can be charged wirelessly. However, analysts and journalists do not expect Apple to make such a leap. For example, the Bloomberg news agency writes that iPhones with a USB-C port are already being tested.
It is believed that next year’s new iPhone 15 devices will already have the port, although on paper Apple could still release phones with a Lightning port in the fall of 2024. In October, Chief Marketing Officer Greg Joswiak said the iPhone would comply with EU law. , with a little hesitation.
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