Now we have a final date for when new phones sold in the EU have to use USB-C for wired charging: December 28th, 2024.
New USB-C Law
The new EU USB-C legislation has just been published in the bloc’s Official Journal, so it is now legally enforceable. With the rules officially entering into force in 20 days, individual EU member states will have 24 months to adopt them as national legislation.
According to previous forecasts from politicians, the timing is approximately in line with previous predictions. However, the precise date has remained vague due to the number of stages that each piece of EU legislation must undergo.
The legislation was initially scheduled for implementation in “autumn 2024,” but a press release in October referred to it as “by the end of 2024.”
It is official ‼️#CommonCharger published in the 🇪🇺 Official Journal. The rules will enter into force before the end of the year & start to apply before the end of 2024! @alexagiussaliba @EP_SingleMarket— IMCO Committee Press (@EP_SingleMarket) December 8, 2022
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This legislation also affects tablets, digital cameras, headphones, and handheld video game consoles. It won’t be until April 2026 before laptops are covered. Those who only charge wirelessly will not be forced to use USB-C due to the rules, which apply only to wired chargers.
“[Member States] shall apply those measures from 28 December 2024 for the categories or classes of radio equipment referred to in Part I, points 1.1 to 1.12 of Annex Ia, and from 28 April 2026 for the categories or classes of radio equipment referred to in Part I, point 1.13 of Annex Ia.”
It is possible that Apple will make this change next year, according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
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