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posted by janrinok on Wednesday June 08 2022, @04:31AM   Printer-friendly
from the plugged-in-like-USB dept.

USB-C to be mandatory for phones sold in the EU by autumn 2024

The EU have agreed legislation, alternate link, forcing all future smartphones sold in the EU — including Apple's iPhone — be equipped with USB-C port for wired charging by autumn 2024. The rule will also apply to other electronic devices including tablets, digital cameras, headphones, handheld video game consoles, and e-readers. Laptops will have to comply with the rule at a later date.

The legislation still needs to be approved by the EU Parliament and Council later this year, but this appears to be a formality. In a press release, the European Parliament stated clearly that the law will be in place "by autumn 2024." By this date, all devices covered by the law and sold in the EU will have to use USB-C for wired charging.

EU Agrees Single Mobile Charging Port in Blow to Apple

EU agrees single mobile charging port in blow to Apple:

Apple (AAPL.O) will have to change the connector on iPhones sold in Europe by 2024 after EU countries and lawmakers agreed on Tuesday to a single mobile charging port for mobile phones, tablets and cameras in a world first.

The political intervention, which the European Commission said would make life easier for consumers and save them money, came after companies failed to reach a common solution.

Brussels has been pushing for a single mobile charging port for more than a decade, prompted by complaints from iPhone and Android users about having to switch to different chargers for their devices.

iPhones are charged from a Lightning cable, while Android-based devices use USB-C connectors.

Half the chargers sold with mobile phones in 2018 had a USB micro-B connector, while 29% had a USB-C connector and 21% a Lightning connector, according to a 2019 Commission study.

"By autumn 2024, USB Type-C will become the common charging port for all mobile phones, tablets and cameras in the EU," the European Parliament said in a statement.

EU industry chief Thierry Breton said the deal would save around 250 million euros ($267 million) for consumers.

"It will also allow new technologies such as wireless charging to emerge and to mature without letting innovation become a source of market fragmentation and consumer inconvenience," he said.


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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by inertnet on Wednesday June 08 2022, @08:14AM (6 children)

    by inertnet (4071) on Wednesday June 08 2022, @08:14AM (#1251485) Journal

    Laptops will have to comply with the rule at a later date

    My laptop power supply is 180 Watts, almost double the USB-C maximum.

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  • (Score: 3, Informative) by Wodan on Wednesday June 08 2022, @08:23AM (4 children)

    by Wodan (517) on Wednesday June 08 2022, @08:23AM (#1251487)

    USB-C maximum is 240 Watts, so you'll be fine

    • (Score: 3, Informative) by inertnet on Wednesday June 08 2022, @09:39AM (3 children)

      by inertnet (4071) on Wednesday June 08 2022, @09:39AM (#1251490) Journal

      I see, spec says 5A at 48V. I wonder how long that will work reliably.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 08 2022, @04:29PM (2 children)

        by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 08 2022, @04:29PM (#1251578)

        As long as your current 180w power supply

        • (Score: 2) by DeathMonkey on Wednesday June 08 2022, @06:01PM (1 child)

          by DeathMonkey (1380) on Wednesday June 08 2022, @06:01PM (#1251613) Journal

          I would hope these devices get LESS wattage hungry over time!

          • (Score: 2) by inertnet on Wednesday June 08 2022, @09:31PM

            by inertnet (4071) on Wednesday June 08 2022, @09:31PM (#1251670) Journal

            It's not a gaming laptop but a workstation laptop with an i7-9750H that's rated at 45W. I really don't know why it would need this heavy charger, but apparently it does. I'm sure newer models will be just as power hungry, because they'll add more cores and higher performing graphics cards, like they've always been doing.

  • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Wednesday June 08 2022, @03:05PM

    by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday June 08 2022, @03:05PM (#1251552) Journal

    One of the really good things about the USB-C charging is that you can use a laptop charger on a phone and a phone charger on a laptop.

    The laptop will alert you that it is charging slowly from a phone charger.

    The phone will happily charge from the laptop charger.

    All you need to pack is a laptop charger or two so you make sure you are covered. Especially if multiple devices can be charged from a smaller number of chargers that you need to pack.

    Twenty years ago, if you packed six different devices, you needed to pack six different chargers. They were expensive. And you hoped you didn't forget to pack one. You hoped you didn't leave it in a hotel room somewhere. Not to mention the extra luggage bulk of all these chargers.

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