The European Union (EU) has specified the date from which most electronic devices must adopt the USB-C charging port, including iphone of Manzanaand which has been set for December 28, 2024.
The obligation to incorporate a USB Type-C port affects smartphones that are marketed in the member countries of the European Unionregardless of manufacturer, so Apple will have to do without the Lightning port, at least in this market.
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It is a fact that Apple has already assumed, and has confirmed that it will comply with the new European directivethus doing without their own Lightning port on the iPhone, although they have made it clear at all times that they are not satisfied with this decision.
And you must comply with the new requirement before December 28, 2024, when the obligation to continue marketing iPhone in the EU will come into force, as stated in Directive 2022/2380 of the European Parliament and of the Council of the European Union. , published this Wednesday in the Official Journal of the European Union.
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Specifically, it is established that the Member States must adopt and publish said directive “no later than December 28, 2023” and that it will be applied one year later, from December 28, 2024.
This date affects in addition to smartphonesto other categories of electronic devices, such as tablets, digital cameras, headsets, portable game consoles, wireless speakers, electronic readers (‘eReaders’), and accessories such as keyboards, mice, headsets, and portable navigation devices.
Laptops, for their part, have a longer period of time to adapt to the new regulations, which have been set until April 28, 2026. Likewise, The standard exempts smartwatches from the mandatory adoption of the USB Type-C port and activity bracelets, due to their size and conditions of use.
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