It’s official: USB Type-C mandatory for devices sold in the EU from December 28, 2024

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The EU has printed its new ‘Widespread Charger’ directive in its Official Journal, and with that we lastly get the date from when it goes into motion. Beginning on December 28, 2024, each telephone, pill, digicam, pair of headphones and earbuds, headset, handheld videogame console, transportable speaker, e-reader, keyboard, mouse, and transportable navigation system bought within the EU must have a USB Sort-C port. If the charging is increased than 15W, then it is also required to include USB Energy Supply.

This may clearly have an effect on Apple, because the media has broadly reported ever because the legislation was solely an thought, however not simply – different system makers must guarantee USB-PD compatibility if they’ve their merchandise charging at charges over 15W. Moreover, this directive solely covers wired charging, so Apple may merely determine to take away the charging port from its iPhones altogether, and depend on wi-fi charging solely. That may not put it in breach of those laws, and it is a transfer that has been rumored quite a lot of instances already.

From April 28, 2026, the identical stipulations relating to the usage of USB Sort-C will apply to laptops as properly. The subsequent step is EU member states adopting and publishing, by December 28, 2023, the legal guidelines, laws, and administrative provisions essential to adjust to this directive.

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