Apple may be gearing up to transition to USB Type-C charging for many products in its range by 2024, including future products in the AirPods lineup, as well as various accessories for Mac devices. This may be in line with its plans to migrate its iPhone and iPad product line to USB Type-C to comply with recent European Union regulation mandating a more universally usable USB Type-C standard for smartphones. tablets and cameras from 2024.
The assumption about this comes from a report by journalist Mark Gurman through his popular Power On Newsletter on Bloomberg. In the fact sheet, he suggests that Apple was already planning the possibility of introducing a common charging standard in the European Union to improve compatibility and reduce environmental emissions caused by the disposal of chargers.
This law was recently passed and requires all smartphones, tablets and cameras sold in the European Union to have a USB Type-C charging port from 2024. This is only expected to have a significant impact on Apple, as it currently uses the Lightning standard for its iPhone and most of its iPad lineup. Most Android devices already use the USB Type-C standard and are therefore already compliant with the upcoming law.
This means that new Apple iPhone devices will need to have USB Type-C ports to be sold in Europe from 2024, which suggests the iPhone series will move away from the current Lightning charging standard sooner rather than later. The Power On newsletter also suggests that Apple may have a plan to transition its AirPods line and Mac accessories to the new standard, though those products are not subject to European law.
This will be done to ensure better compatibility even within the Apple ecosystem; The same charging cable and plug will work with iPhone, iPad, AirPods and Mac devices and accessories. However, Apple has indicated that going forward it will actively encourage the use of wireless charging for all of its products, with the possibility of even having an iPhone without a port at some point in the future.
Many Apple products, including the iPhone series and newer AirPods such as the AirPods Pro (2nd generation), use the Lightning standard for wired charging. However, they also support Qi wireless charging, as well as Apple’s MagSafe technology to securely connect to a wireless charger.