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Apple confirms iPhone will get USB-C charging to comply with EU law

Apple will “comply” with European Union regulations that require electronic devices to be equipped with USB-C charging, said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing. That means Apple’s iPhones, which currently use its proprietary Lightning charging standard, will have to change to support USB-C.

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Apple will have to comply with a European Union law that requires electronic devices to have a common charging standard – known as USB-C – the company’s chief marketing officer has confirmed.

“Obviously we’ll have to comply,” Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, said Tuesday at the Wall Street Journal’s Tech Live conference.

On Monday, EU member state ministers gave final approval to the Common Charger Act, which means that by 2024 electronic devices, including mobile phones and tablets, will have to support USB-C charging.

The stamp of approval from the European Council comes after other EU legislative bodies voted in favor of the law which took around 10 years to draft.

Apple’s iPhone uses its own Lightning charger. Under future European legislation, the iPhone should support USB-C.

Joswiak didn’t say when Apple would introduce USB-C to its flagship smartphone, but it should happen by 2024.

Analysts previously told CNBC that iPhones slated for release in 2023 could feature USB-C charging and that Apple is likely to introduce the standard globally, not just in the European Union. .

European lawmakers say the rules will reduce waste because consumers don’t have to buy a new charger every time they buy a device. The EU said this would reduce production and disposal of new chargers.

Joswiak criticized the EU for the charges law, admitting the two sides were “a bit at odds”.

“We think the approach would have been better for the environment and for our customers if the government weren’t so prescriptive,” Joswiak said.


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