In fall 2024, a new phone going on sale in the EU will need to have a USB-C port for charging. What does this mean for consumers and what will iPhones do?
After a decade of wrestling with technology, European officials have made a binding decision on the only correct charging standard for portable electronic devices. In the fall of 2024, every gray EU citizen will be able to buy a new phone thinking that they will charge it using the USB-C connector. He’s also not allowed to stuff cables he doesn’t need. How will we get chargers and what devices do the new regulations apply to?
When will the USB-C standard come into effect in Europe?
Today’s European Parliament press release shows that the rules, making USB-C the binding standard, will come into force no later than in the fall of 2024.
The exact date is unknown as legislation requires publication in the Official Journal of the EU, which will only begin a 24-month transition period after twenty days. The publication of the relevant regulations requires the prior approval of the Parliament and the Council of Europe, and the latter will only take care of these formalities after the summer break.
What will USB-C change?
The widespread presence of the USB-C input for charging electronic devices is expected to reduce the amount of electrical waste and save EU consumers spending around €250 million per year. In addition to the obligation to use a specific port, manufacturers must leave the choice to the buyer to choose a device with a charger or to use an existing device.
This will be possible because the regulations define not only the shape of the input and the plug, but above all the minimum functional parameters that the USB-C port must respect. For example, one of the requirements is to be fast charging available. Sounds good, but the message lacks information about the wires themselves and their sockets. It is therefore difficult to judge what the new regulations will really change.
Even if we buy chargers too often or unnecessarily, it is unrealistic to use one for a lifetime. Cables and plugs rub and scratch. If the regulations do not specify their minimum parameters and their quality, it will spare us nothing. We’ll buy a phone with an unnecessary charger anyway, because it may come in handy one day, and the whole thing is cheaper or contains goodies that don’t have a standard.
What devices should have a USB-C port for charging?
In two years, the obligation to have a USB-C port will apply portable, small and medium-sized electronic devices with wired charging sold in the EU. They will be new phones, tablets, e-readers, telephones. There is no information about household appliances in the message, a for laptops, the rules may run on a different date.
Portable personal computer makers have at least 40 months before only USB-C charged laptops are allowed for sale in the EU. The term is also very theoretical, because to date a very important problem has not been solved:
We’re not technologically sure which standard can handle laptops ranging from 100 to 240 watts.
– admitted the rapporteur of the European Commission, who finalized the work on the regulation.
Will there be a European iPhone with a USB-C port?
Apple offers a Lightning connector for wired charging of its phones and the new European regulations seem to mean a real revolution for these devices. Well, not necessarily, because the manufacturer can apply them in several ways.
An iPhone with a USB-C port is technically the way to go, and Apple is testing whether to replace the Lighting input with it. That’s a good sign, as only European iPhones would be expensive to manufacture with a USB-C port. It doesn’t matter how much we pay them. A global brand is here to create phones that can be sold all over the world on a single production line.
However, European regulations can be just as inconvenient for Apple as Apple is for the EU. It will happen that it will offer European recipients iPhones only with wireless charging. It already uses this technology and the European requirement for a USB-C port applies to small and medium-sized charging electronic devices. wired. He opens the gates of hell. The phone with wireless charging, recommended by the manufacturer, and the lightning port as an additional device, is it a device that charges by wire or wirelessly?
Source: European Parliament