USB-C mandatory on European smartphones at the end of 2024. The universal port will therefore arrive, at the latest, on the iPhone 17.
This time, that’s it, it’s official. The world of mobile telephony will have to switch toUSB-C before the end of 2024. At least in theEuropean Union. The single charger directive that has been causing a lot of talk lately has just been published in the European Official Journal. Apple’s iPhone, in particular, will have to comply.
USB-C mandatory on European smartphones by the end of 2024
This standard is due to officially enter into force in 20 days and Member States have 24 months to bring it into their own national legislation. Which brings us to December 28, 2024 as the latest compliance date, as the US blog explains. The Verge. This same period of the end of the year 2024 had already been mentioned by Brussels few months ago.
This kind of decision takes a long time to put in place, and it is rarely the institutions and governments that define the standards, so to speak. L’USB-C is already very widely adopted today in the mobile world, and more widely incomputer science. The micro-USB hardly exists anymore except in the entry-level segment, but here again, it is tending to disappear. The only manufacturer that resists again and again is Apple, as usual. The Cupertino company recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of its Lightning port. This will not prevent the American giant from introducing USB-C into its iPhone range.
The universal port will therefore arrive, at the latest, on the iPhone 17
If rumors evoke an iPhone 15 with USB-C, this universal connection will be legally obliged to appear on the iPhone 17 – at the latest, therefore – insofar as these should be formalized in September 2025. The Cupertino company Will it comply with this obligation or will it propose a iPhone without any physical port? The future will tell !
Anyway, the Lightning port is losing speed, compatible accessories fewer and fewer. The iPads and MacBooks switched to USB-C a few generations ago, only the iPhone remained.
Small clarification before concluding, this European obligation does not only concern smartphones. Tablets, headphones, portable consoles and cameras will also have to be equipped with USB-C before this date. Computers will have a little more time, the deadline would be set at 2026.