Finally, the day is here. The European Union (EU) has officially adopted a law making USB Type-C chargers mandatory for mobile phones and most other electronic devices in the region. The deadline is autumn of 2024. It's no guessing that iPhone maker Apple will be the most affected.
What happened? On Tuesday, October 4, 2022, the European Parliament voted overwhelmingly in favour of the law mandating USB Type-C chargers for most electronic devices.
We welcome @europarl_en adoption of our proposal for a common charger to reduce electronic waste and the fuzz of having several cables for different devices.— European Commission 🇪🇺 (@EU_Commission) October 4, 2022
USB Type-C port will be the new standard for portable devices by the end of 2024.#DigitalEU pic.twitter.com/R1gPbIBY4D
What devices will be affected? Mobile phones, tablets, headphones, consoles, and other small devices will be affected come 2024.
Who will be affected the most? While the rule doesn't majorly impact the android market, which had adopted USB Type-C chargers for a long time, it will impact iPhone maker Apple the most.
Apple that sells chargers separately.. https://t.co/Gtc3Z5zgd8 pic.twitter.com/mk8h2XTnb3— 🦁 (@AndColorPockeT) October 4, 2022
Why? While it is definitely a relief for customers to not be burdened with a maze of wires for their various devices, the rule has a much deeper impact.
Parliament has approved plans to put an end to dozens of different device chargers by making the USB-C the market standard. pic.twitter.com/l9o8cExs6F— European Parliament (@Europarl_EN) October 5, 2022
The argument against it: Apple says such a law will kill innovation in the long run.
The EU's law on universal chargers is world's first, and countries are also taking note, including India. The government of India is also exploring the possibility of adopting a common charger for most electronic devices.