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It’s Official: All Phones, Tablets, and Cameras in the EU Must Use USB Type-C Ports

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The European Parliament formally declared today that USB Type-C will be the standard charging and data transmission connector for all portable devices. By the end of 2024, all smartphones, tablets, and digital cameras in Europe will be equipped with USB-C ports.

The European Parliament said in June that they are holding a conference to settle on a single port USB-C charging and data transmission connector for all portable devices. They also stated during the conference that by 2026, laptops will have USB Type-C ports for charging.

EU lawmakers added a statement about the decision:

“Regardless of their manufacturer, all new mobile phones, tablets, digital cameras, headphones and headsets, handheld video game consoles and portable speakers, e-readers, keyboards, mice, portable navigation systems, earbuds and laptops that are rechargeable via a wired cable, operating with a power delivery of up to 100 Watts, will have to be equipped with a USB Type-C port.”

To sell any products in the EU, Apple must follow the new rules, therefore the first iPhone USB Type-C connector is expected on their next iPhone release, or they may choose to remove the port and use wireless charging.