Apple Can Be Forced to Switch Charger in the EU

All devices will need to have USB-C chargers.

The European Parliament approved a new law that requires electronic devices to use a common USB-C charger. If passed, it will mean all phones and tablets sold in the European Union must have a USB-C charging port by the end of 2024. Laptops and other devices may take longer.

This will affect such companies as Apple, its iPhones use the Lightning charger although the company's latest laptops and iPads already have USB-C ports.

The matter was agreed on in June and is now going through the legislative process. It’s meant to cut down on environmental waste and save consumers around €250 million ($248 million) a year as they will not need to buy a different charger for each device.

“This future-proof law allows for the development of innovative charging solutions in the future, and it will benefit everyone — from frustrated consumers to our vulnerable environment,” said Alex Agius Saliba, a member of the European Parliament.

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