The official date for the switch to USB-C in Europe has just been recorded: it is December 28, 2024. From this date, no new mobile product can be released without being equipped with USB-C.
Knowing what type of USB-C cable you are dealing with will become easier // Source: Marcus Urbenz – Unsplash
The USB-C saga in Europe continues on its merry way and it finally has an official end date. The European Union has now set a deadline for builders: December 28, 2024.
As The Verge points out, this information can be deduced from the publication in the official journal of the directive relating to USB-C. 20 days after publication, the law officially enters into force, giving member states up to 24 months to implement it in their national law. This is an important step, because until now the official date had remained very vague. Autumn 2024 had been mentioned, as was the end of 2024.
The iPhone won’t wait until 2024
If we know that Apple will not be able to circumvent the law and will have to comply with it, the whole question is to know when and in what form.
For the question of when, we now know that Apple could wait until the release of its new models in 2025, to switch its entire range to USB-C. This would theoretically take us to the iPhone 17. However, some rumors suggest a switch to USB-C from the iPhone 15. This would however be reserved for Pro models at first. Note also that the legislation does not theoretically prevent the existence of a 100% wireless iPhone.
Of course, Apple is not the only manufacturer targeted by this standard, the goal being precisely that the entire industry passes on the same charging and data transfer port. It will not only concern smartphones, but also tablets, digital cameras, wireless headphones and portable consoles. PCs could follow from 2026.
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