The European Union has finalized legislation requiring technology companies such as Apple to switch to USB-C across a wide range of electronic devices by the end of 2024, including the iPhone and AirPods, mobile phones, tablets and headphones.
The law requires a USB Type C port to be connected to a variety of electronic devices, with only one charger available for each device.
The decision was announced by the EU Council in a press release. It is claimed that a common charger will improve convenience for consumers and significantly reduce e-waste by combining charging interfaces and fast charging technology.
Under the new rules, a USB Type C charging port will be required for a wide range of electronic devices. The directive also allows consumers to buy a new device with or without a charger, with the aim of saving consumers’ money while reducing the amount of electronic waste associated with the production, transport and disposal of chargers.
To make this technology available to more devices, the Commission will also work on harmonizing wireless charging of electronic devices and interoperability based on technological developments.
Apple has maintained its opposition to the rule, claiming it stifles innovation.
The sources for this piece include an article in MacRumors.