Apple Devices To Adopt USB-C By 2024 Under New EU Law

Joy Waweru | 1 year ago
Apple Devices To Adopt USB-C By 2024 Under New EU Law

US Based  giant  technology company Apple confirmed that it will be making the transition from lightning connectors to USB Type  C connectors for its gadgets;iPhones, AirPods, and the iPad in all the European Union’s member countries.

Apple makes its own unique lightning connector for its gadgets. However smaller gadgets such as sports equipment, health trackers, and smart watches will be exempted from the requirement.

Apple’s Vice President of Marketing Greg Joswiak says Apple has struck a balance by using a cable that can be disconnected from the power brick.

“We got to a better place which is power adapters with detachable cables. All of them are USB-A or USB-C and you choose the cable that is appropriate for your device.”

This way one side can have lightning and the other side the connector that is ideal for the end consumer such as USB-C or USB-A.

Joswiak however intimated that the charger regulation is a tricky thing to regulate.

The European Parliament passed a law that will enforce the Type C cable being the common charging port across all consumer devices by 2024.

Products that were released into the market before  the application date will be exempted from the new directives

All manufacturers in Europe will have to comply with the said directive.

The new law aims at downsizing the amount of electronic waste and improving the reusability of different devices.

Under the new EU law, consumers will not require a different charger every time they purchase a new gadget. Consumers will be able to use the same charger on a wide range of products regardless of the consumer.

Phones, tablets, cameras, headphones, keyboards, mice, headsets, portable speakers, laptops, and e-readers that are chargeable with a wired cable will be required to be fitted with the USB Type C port.

Apple is set to implement the USB-C with the iPhone 15 which will be launched in 2023.

The European Union is not the only region pushing for a common charger for mobile phones. Other countries such as Brazil and India are also considering the regulation of chargers.

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