In a nutshell: USB-C cables are extremely versatile, they can transfer data, transmit video and charge electronics up to 240W at the same time. Although most devices already use the popular standard, there are still a few opponents, such as Apple’s iPhone.
Today, lawmakers in the European Union are finally reached an agreement requires all phones, tablets and other small electronics sold in the region to use USB-C as a charging port. The European Commission has been pushing for a one-stop mobile phone charging solution for more than a decade.
The entire list of electronics includes laptops, e-readers, in-ear headphones, keyboards, computer mice, portable navigation devices, smartphones, tablets, digital cameras, headphones and headsets, portable game consoles and portable speakers.
By fall 2024, all new devices in these categories will be required to have a USB-C port for charging. The only exception are laptops, which must be adapted 40 months after release.
We have an offer for a shared charger! 🇪🇺
This means more savings for EU consumers and less waste for the planet:
— European Commission 🇪🇺 (@EU_Commission) June 7, 2022
The new law will affect Apple’s iPhone the most, as most other devices have been using USB-C for a long time. However, recent rumors indicate that the company is already planning to replace the Lightning connector in next year’s iPhone.
The USB-C standard currently supports power delivery up to 240W, so it will be interesting to see what happens with desktop replacements and other powerful laptops. For example, the recently introduced MSI Titan GT77 comes with a 330W power adapter, and its components can consume more than 250W together.
It’s also worth noting that these rules only apply to devices that charge via a cable, and not to those that only support wireless charging.
Finally, the press release mentions that consumers in the EU will be able to choose between buying a new device with or without the included charger.