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Rumor has it that Apple is expected to adopt USB-C on the iPhone 15 due to EU regulations, but Apple doesn’t have to technically comply until December 28, 2024.
The EU passed the USB-C Harmonization Law on October 4, 2022. The law requires devices such as mobile phones, tablets, and some accessories to adopt USB-C as a universal standard.
A document has been submitted clarifying the timeline requirements for adopting the law in EU Member States. The deadline for implementing local law changes for compliance is 28 December 2023, but Member States do not have to implement the law until 28 December 2024.
The law only applies to products released after the effective date, allowing Apple to continue releasing products with Lightning ports until December 28, 2024. Thunder.
This law also applies to accessories such as mice, headphones, etc. As such, Apple has many products that may move to USB-C in the next few years.
Apple isn’t obligated to do so, but it looks like the company has already started the shift. The 2022 Apple TV 4K’s Siri Remote is one of his first accessories to switch from Lightning to USB-C.
Apple has already moved its entire iPad lineup to USB-C, and its MacBook lineup has moved to standard since 2015. Interestingly, the AirPods 3 and AirPods Pro 2 released last year still use Lightning, but their design may be final. Long before Apple intended the move to USB-C.
According to speculation and rumors, Apple plans to go USB-C with the iPhone 15 coming in 2023. It’s not a requirement yet, but Apple may want to avoid weirdness with future legislation.
And a product like the iPhone takes years to plan. This regulation has been threatened for years, and Apple may have been planning to move to USB-C for some time.