It’s official, the world of mobile telephony will have to switch to USB-C before the end of 2024. The directive on the single charger, which has been widely talked about in recent months, has indeed just been published to Official newspaper European.
The Lightning’s days are numbered
With the standard due to enter into force in 20 days and Member States having 24 months to transpose it into their national legislation, this gives manufacturers until December 28, 2024 to comply, explains The Verge. The date will hardly surprise those familiar with the matter since the horizon of 2024 had been mentioned by Brussels.
That shouldn’t be too much of a problem, as the industry has already massively adopted the USB-C port for their mobile phones. The aging micro-USB port is only found on entry-level smartphones, and again. The only manufacturer that still and always resists standardization is obviously Apple, which recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Lightning port. The brand has nevertheless confirmed that it will switch its iPhone range to USB-C to comply with European regulations, but reluctantly.
A USB-C iPhone mandatory before 2024
Rumors point to an iPhone 15 with USB-C, allowing Apple to advance its obligations by one year. In any case, if universal connectivity does not arrive on the iPhone next September, it will be legally obliged to appear on the iPhone 16, since the latter should be presented in September 2024. The track of an iPhone devoid of any connection, thanks to wireless charging, also seems premature.
The Lightning port is losing ground with fewer and fewer accessories using it. Since the switch from iPad and MacBook to USB-C, there is little more than the iPhone that is resisting in the Apple catalog. Note that this obligation also applies to tablets, headphones, portable consoles and cameras. Computers will be affected, but probably not before 2026.