Apple finally forced to equip iPhones with USB-C (but not until 2024!)

Apple iPhone 14 Pro
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The EU has finally passed a law mandating that all new smartphones must have a USB-C Type-C charging port from the end of 2024. It’s been a long time coming – ten years in fact – according to European Parliament. The new law applies to a plethora of technology, but it’s the smartphone market that this will affect the most, most notably Apple, which has avoided the use of USB-C thus far. 

Under the new ruling, consumers will no longer need a different charger every time they purchase a new device. Instead, a single charger will be able to be used for a whole range of small and medium-sized portable electronic devices, regardless of their manufacturer. The new law is part of a broader EU effort to reduce e-waste and to empower consumers to make more sustainable choices.

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Rachael Sharpe

Rachael is a British journalist with 18 years experience in the publishing industry. Since working on, she’s been freelancing, and contributing to some of the world’s best-loved websites and magazines including and and has also had a book, iPad for Photographers, published. She's currently acting as editor of - a website specializing in the latest cellular technology.