EU about to finalize law that would require Apple to use USB-C on iPhones


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Europe’s ongoing debate and lawsuits over making USB-C the required standard charging port for all smartphones could be concluded on June 7, 2022.

It was previously reported that the EU is nearing an agreement, after its proposals have been in development for more than a decade. Now the final decision can be made as early as June 6, 2022.

According to Reuters, legislators and representatives of EU countries will now meet on that date. It is the second such meeting on the subject, and unnamed sources say there is strong pressure to make the decision.

In addition to requiring a USB-C charging port on smartphones, the latest version of the proposal extends this to laptops. Lawmakers are now also looking to create an agreed standard for wireless charging.

Both problems can delay the decision. Expanding the USB-C charging point to, for example, laptops will probably have consequences for Samsung. The European Commission wants a longer lead time than some members for fully wireless charging standards.

Apple didn’t specifically comment on the June 7 meeting, but it has previously argued strongly that forcing the adoption of USB-C could create more e-waste.

If required, the law would replace the existing micro USB mandate. It’s not clear what will happen if a future version of USB replaces the USB-C connector with a different form factor.

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