It was seen coming and finally everything has been fulfilled. The European Parliament has finally voted on the project that sought to impose the connector USB-C as universal for all electronic devices in the region.
Since September 2021, the bill had been following the natural path of its journey where, if everything went in order, it would be imposed as a regulation for the sector in 2024.
It could be said that from the first moment of the birth of this project all the speculations focused on Apple.
Since they had been clinging to their proprietary cables for years, complicating consumers’ lives by limiting their charger cable and device connector.
In fact, the regulatory law would seem designed exclusively against the guys from Cupertino, considering that in the mobile sector practically all other devices have been using the USB-C connector as a universal base for years.
Now the initiative has become a future reality. The time has come for Apple.
USB-C connector will be the universal standard for Europe in 2024
The official website of the European Parliament has been updated with all the details about their most recent vote, where they have approved the regulations to impose USB-C as the standard for the region by the year 2024.
This regulation will force manufacturers of smartphones, tablets and cameras to eventually use a universal charger within a couple of years.
But, as we have already pointed out, the main manufacturer that would be committed to implementing a more severe change would be Apple.
Broadly speaking, the approved legislation is a modification of the Radioelectric Equipment Directive that has literally been cooking for years. Going through all the corresponding bodies for its approval until reaching the last necessary link: the European Parliament.
For this regulation, the ultimate goal is to reduce the volume of electronic waste by about 11 thousand tons per year by using the same standard, while saving about 250 million Euros among consumers.
In the final vote on the project, 602 votes were counted in favor, 13 against and 8 abstentions. In the end, Apple’s arguments to stay with its ports were not enough.
Now everything indicates that, at least in Europe, the iPhone 16 will be the last Apple smartphone without a USB-C port.