In October of this same year, the European Parliament decided by a great absolute majority on the establishing USB-C as common charging of all devices. This meant the end of other connectors like the Lightning that has been on the iPhone for many years. This regulation left Apple, which had always resisted USB-C, ‘KO’ at their terminals. However, the European Parliament did not make clear the date on which the regulations would enter into force. So far: one The new directive sets an expiration date for Apple’s Lightning: December 28, 2024.

On December 28, 2024, USB-C will reign in the European Union

USB-C is a type of universal interface port and connector which is used in electronic devices such as computers, mobile phones and tablets. In fact, a large number of Apple devices such as the iPad Pro already integrate this connector. It is characterized by be reversible, that is, it can be connected in any direction, which makes it easy to use. Also, USB-C is a high-speed interface that allows data to be transferred at high speeds and offers support for energy transfer.

The large number of chargers, connectors and data transfer systems were put in the spotlight in the European Union. And in October of this same year they published a regulation in which they put an approximate limit by which all products should integrate USB-C and no other connectors. However, they did not really specify when or how to do it. This has been broken down in more detail in a new regulation.

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They will apply these measures as of December 28, 2024 for the categories or classes of radioelectric equipment referred to in Annex I bis, points 1.1 to 1.12, and as of April 28, 2026 for the categories or classes of radioelectric equipment to referred to in annex I bis, point 1.13.

This is the extract taken from the European regulations. The text puts two different dates depending on the affected accessories and devices:

  • December 28, 2024: at that time all these devices will have to have USB-C as a charging connector: portable mobile phones, tablets, digital cameras, headphones, portable game consoles, portable speakers, e-readers, keyboards, mouse and portable navigation systems.
  • April 28, 2026: Almost two more years has been given by the European Union for laptops, whatever the brand, to integrate USB-C.

This means that Apple’s iPhone 15 could continue to integrate Lightning since it would be presented in September 2023. However, there is no doubt that the iPhone 16 would begin to be marketed in November 2024. And it would already have to integrate USB-C. We will see if Apple’s plans are to keep its native connector or twist the hand and begin to comply with European regulations with the iPhone 15.