The much-anticipated European law forcing phone manufacturers to adopt USB-C has finally passed and the first iPhone with USB-C will be here by 2024.
The law, which had the goal to reduce the incredible amounts of electrical waste generated by a variety of phone chargers, affects Apple the most, as the company has been historically resistant to giving up its Lightning port.
“Regardless of their manufacturer, all new mobile phones, tablets, digital cameras, headphones and headsets, handheld video game consoles and portable speakers, e-readers, keyboards, mice, portable navigation systems, earbuds and laptops that are rechargeable via a wired cable, operating with a power delivery of up to 100 Watts, will have to be equipped with a USB Type-C port,” says the new EU law, which passed with 602 votes in favor, 13 against and 8 abstentions.
Starting with 2015, Apple did start using USB-C for Macs and iPads but iPhones have remained the only Apple product with a Lightning cable.
Analyst Ming-chi Kuo said earlier this year that the iPhone 15 will come with USB-C but, if Apple waits until the very last moment, iPhone 16 might be the first one to have USB-C charging.