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It’s official: USB Type-C mandatory for devices sold in the EU from December 28, 2024

It’s official: USB Type-C mandatory for devices sold in the EU from December 28, 2024

It's official: USB Type-C mandatory for devices sold in the EU from December 28, 2024

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The EU has published its new “Common Charger” directive in its Official Journal, and with that, we finally get the date from which it will come into action. As of December 28, 2024, every phone, tablet, camera, pair of headphones and earphones, headphones, portable video game console, portable speaker, e-reader, keyboard, mouse and portable navigation system sold in the EU will need to have a USB Type-C Port. If the load is more than 15W, it is also necessary to integrate USB Power Delivery.

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This will obviously affect Apple, as the media has widely reported since the law was just an idea, but not only – other device makers will have to provide USB-PD compatibility if they charge their products at rates above 15W. Additionally, this directive only covers wired charging, so Apple could simply decide to remove the charging port from its iPhones altogether and rely solely on wireless charging. That wouldn’t put him in breach of those regulations, and it’s a move that’s already been widely rumored.

From April 28, 2026, the same stipulations regarding the use of USB Type-C will also apply to laptops. The next step is for EU member states to adopt and publish, by December 28, 2023, the laws, regulations and administrative provisions necessary to comply with this directive.

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