Apple is in trouble
The European Union has passed a law requiring all future smartphones sold in the EU, including the iPhone, to be equipped with a universal USB-C port for charging. The measure should come into effect by autumn 2024.
The law has been under consideration for many years. It is yet to go through the procedure for approval by the Parliament and the Council of the EU at the end of this year, but this is more of a formality.
As the legislators stated,
“today we have made a single charger a reality in Europe!”.
They believe that Europeans have long been unhappy with the fact that each device needs its own charger. Now there is a solution.
Of course, the law mainly hits Apple, which has been developing the proprietary Lightning connector all this time. It is not yet clear whether the company will keep it in markets other than Europe. There is an opinion that it is not.