The European Union has clarified that all phone manufacturers must switch to the standard “USB-C” cable before December 28, 2024.
EU lawmakers decided in early 2022 that all mobile phones in the EU must have the same charging cable, as it promotes reuse and reduces pollution.
The previously set a date for the law’s implementation was the fall of 2024. However, the EU has now decided to extend this date, giving December 28 as the deadline for all phone manufacturers to switch to USB-C.
What makes this date official is the fact that it has been entered into the EU Legal Journal.
With the implementation of this law, companies that make chargers for your phone will be asked to stop their product across Europe.
A great example in this field is the American technology giant Apple, which still produces phones with a unique charging port that can only be charged using Apple’s Lightning charger.
Since Europe is an important market for the company, it decided to produce iPhones and other devices with USB-C ports. Speaking to the media, Apple’s senior vice president of global marketing said the company would “obviously” comply with EU rules.
UK and EU officials have said the law applies to Northern Ireland. A parliamentary report states that “the new requirements may also apply to devices sold in Northern Ireland under the terms of the Northern Ireland Protocol in the Brexit deal, potentially causing product standards to differ from the rest of the UK.”
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