If you haven’t heard, the European Union (EU) agrees that all compact gadgets use a USB-C port. Even if the agreement is not yet fully operational, this could force Apple to upgrade iPhone and iPad devices from the brand’s Lightning port to USB-C in the future.
Apple should not only worry about the potential change in the EU market, but also in the US market. Sources reported that two US senators wrote an open letter to the Commerce Secretary to follow in the EU’s footsteps. Written by Senators Edward J. Markey and Elizabeth Warren, the letter does not mention Apple’s name but emphasizes standardizing the charging port in an effort to reduce e-waste and make it convenient for consumers .
Below is an excerpt from the open letter:
The European Union (EU) has just passed important legislation requiring electronics manufacturers to adopt a common charger for mobile devices across the EU.
1 – We commend the Department of Commerce for the steps it has already taken to address these issues,
2 – and we urge you to follow the EU’s lead in developing a comprehensive strategy to address unnecessary consumer costs, reduce e-waste and restore reason and certainty to the process of buying new electronics.
As we mentioned, the agreement is not yet approved but will enter European legislation in autumn 2024. USB-C will be required in every smartphone, tablet, portable speaker, compact game console , camera, headphones and laptop. Most new devices already use USB-C, but Apple’s iPhones and iPads are expected to bring changes.
Reports have said that Apple is testing devices with USB-C ports, but it’s unclear if we’ll see that this year or in 2024. Whatever the case, we just have to wait and see. But what do you think? Let us know in the comments below and stay tuned for more tech news on TechNave.com.