The European Union has finally set an official deadline for when all smartphone manufacturers (including Apple) must begin equipping their devices with a USB-C port.
The EU official passed the common charger law in October but hadn’t announced a specific date for when the law would begin being enforced. The EU has now published a directive saying all smartphones must have USB-C by December 28, 2024. Other consumer products, such as tablets and other devices and such, will also be required to switch to USB-C under the new law. Products that rely solely on wireless charging with no port are exempt from the new regulations.
While Apple has confirmed that it would adhere to the new EU law. However, it hadn’t announced a specific date to follow the law. Since the law takes force in December 2024, Apple could delay adapting the USB-C port until the expected release of the iPhone 16 in September 2024. However, we have heard reports that will indeed make the switch to the new port with the iPhone 15, which is expected to debut in September 2023.