Appleinsider: Gadget makers must switch to USB-C no later than November 2024
European officials have indicated the deadline for the transition of all gadgets to the universal USB-C connector. This is reported by Appleinsider.
According to journalists, the Parliament of the European Union (EU) has decided to standardize the charging connector for all gadgets sold in Europe. The corresponding law was adopted on October 4 with 602 votes in favor, 13 against and 8 abstentions. “The universal charger will finally become a reality in Europe,” EU spokesman Alex Agius Saliba said in a statement.
Experts noted that the new law will be officially approved and published at the end of 2024. EU member states will have about 24 months to pass the law. Accordingly, gadget manufacturers will have to abandon proprietary connectors in favor of universal USB-C no later than November 2024.
Media authors noted that the new law applies to smartphones, tablets, digital cameras, headphones, game consoles, e-books, portable speakers, laptops, keyboards, mice and other devices. It is clarified that the USB-C connector must have all devices that support charging with a power of up to 100 watts.
In conclusion, journalists noted that the law will most seriously affect Apple, which will be forced to abandon the proprietary Lightning port in its smartphones. The USB-C connector should get the iPhone 16, which may be released in the fall of 2024.
In early September, the USB Promoter Group introduced a new generation of the USB format. The new USB 4 2.0 standard will provide up to 80 gigabits per second of bandwidth.