Cellphones and handheld electronic devices in the European Union will now be required to have a USB-C charging port, according to an agreement reached Tuesday by the European Commission, the EU’s executive branch.
As of 2024, tablets, digital cameras, video game consoles, headphones, portable speakers, e-readers, portable navigation systems, keyboards, mice and earbuds will need to be equipped with the port.
Laptop manufacturers have until 2026 to implement the universal charging port in their products.
Margrethe Vestager, executive vice president for A Europe Fit for the Digital Age, said in a statement:
No more bundles of different chargers in our drawers. One common charger is a real benefit to us as consumers.
The EU hopes a universal charger will reduce carbon dioxide emissions and prevent waste, while also eliminating the costs of buying multiple chargers for different devices
According to BBC, Apple did not immediately respond but the company has previously spoken against the move:
We remain concerned that strict regulation mandating just one type of connector stifles innovation rather than encouraging it, which in turn will harm consumers in Europe and around the world.
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