This arrival had been requested for years and it is now done. The European Union requires, from the fall of 2024, that all smartphones sold in one of its member countries have a USB-C charging port.
It’s a blow for Apple, which opposed this measure, arguing that it could harm innovation. The apple brand will therefore have to do without its Lightning port. Unless there are certain solutions that we told you about earlier.
Apple still opposes the single charger
Our colleagues from the BBC However, they have just brought good news to the Cupertino company. Thus, we learn that the British government does not envisage ” currently » to comply with the new regulations established by the EU.
This temporary nature is important to take into account because, as reminded 9to5mac, the Lightning port is already ten years old and it is very likely that it will be replaced soon. On the side of the Tech giant, we repeat the usual language arguments. A spokesperson told BBC News:
Strict regulation mandating only one type of connector stifles innovation instead of encouraging it, which in turn will hurt consumers in Europe and around the world.
The European decision also poses a problem for Apple in the United Kingdom. Indeed, under post-Brexit agreements, EU law must apply in Northern Ireland. We can therefore imagine that the situation is not easy to manage for the Cupertino company which must adapt to regulations that differ within the same country.