EU Sets Official Deadline for When iPhone Must Switch to USB-C

The European Union has set an official deadline for when all smartphones sold in its jurisdiction must have a USB-C port, including the iPhone.

iPhone 15 to Switch From Lightning to USB C in 2023 feature
The EU officially approved the common charger law in October, but a specific date for when the law would come into force was unknown. Now, in a newly published directive, the EU says all smartphones must have USB-C by December 28, 2024. Other consumer products, such as tablets and gadgets, will also be required to switch to USB-C under the new law. Products that rely solely on wireless charging with no port will not have to include USB-C.

Apple's vice president of worldwide marketing, Greg Joswiak "Joz," confirmed that Apple would have no choice but to adhere to the EU's new law. Joz didn't say when Apple would make the switch to USB-C and away from Lightning, but with the December 2024 deadline, Apple could wait until the iPhone 16 in September 2024 before transitioning to the newer port.

Reports suggest that Apple is planning to make the switch to USB-C earlier than the fall of 2024 with the iPhone 15 in September 2023. Other Apple products and accessories such as the AirPods and Mac keyboards, mouses, and trackpads are also expected to follow suit with USB-C shortly after.

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totom_ Avatar
19 months ago

I guess Apple cannot put the superior Thunderbolt 4 on their iPhone's?

I guess the iPad Pro needs to downgrade from Thunderbolt 4 to USB-C because of Europe?
... Thunderbolt 4 uses the USB-C connector, Thunderbolt is just the protocol... :rolleyes:
Score: 54 Votes (Like | Disagree)
WiiDSmoker Avatar
19 months ago
In before diehards scorn the EU then praise Apple when they introduce USBC to all its products.

Looks like I’m already too late.
Score: 35 Votes (Like | Disagree)
AND411 Avatar
19 months ago
Unpopular because they make unified charging jack mandatory? Everyone in the world should be happy that the EU has finally forced Apple to abandon the slow and outdated Lightning connector!
The EU does many good things for its citizens, like free roaming in all member countries, roam like at home, I don't have to worry about that when I travel. I can buy goods duty-free throughout the Union, health insurance is valid throughout the Union, and so on.
It's just modern and popular to bash the EU.

What next? EU demands all phones have an EU flag displayed at boot up?
No wonder the EU is increasingly unpopular.
Score: 35 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Wokis Avatar
19 months ago

But USB-C != Thunderbolt 4.
The rule is that it must have USB-C. Thunderbolt 4 uses USB-C in full-pin configuration. It's compliant. It's fine.
Score: 32 Votes (Like | Disagree)
vegetassj4 Avatar
19 months ago
Apple can switch on the fly with the Apple Dongle Ultra. Have the best of both worlds: lightning and USB C, with the best, most powerful, thinnest and lightest dongle we’ve ever made. There has never been a faster, more versatile dongle with the cachet of the Apple Dongle Ultra.

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Score: 24 Votes (Like | Disagree)
T Coma Avatar
19 months ago

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