Next week, the EU may finally make USB Type-C a device standard. For years, we’ve heard about USB Type-C becoming a standard for smartphones, earphones, and a variety of other devices, with the European Union leading the charge. But it’s 2022, and this project has yet to be completed. This may change as the EU is reportedly preparing to finalize the charging standard for the entire world. Here is the most recent update.
iPhones with USB Type-C on the Way?
According to a recent Reuters report, the EU lawmakers and EU countries will hold a meeting on June 7, which will most likely conclude the proposal to adopt USB Type-C for devices. This is expected to favour USB Type-C. If the standard is adopted, smartphones, headphones, and even tablets will be required to include a USB Type-C charging port.
According to the report, “the trilogue next Tuesday will be the second and likely final one between EU countries and EU lawmakers on the topic, indicating a strong push to get a deal done,”
The meeting may also discuss the possibility of including laptops in the list of devices that support the USB Type-C standard. While if passed, this proposal will primarily apply to wired charging, the EU wants to include wireless charging as well and hopes to “harmonize” it by 2025. Although, for technical reasons, the EU countries prefer a longer transition period.
USB-C for all of our devices appears to be a viable option for saving money, eliminating the hassle of keeping multiple cables, and reducing e-waste, which will benefit the environment in the long run. While the EU appears to be eager to make USB Type-C a universal standard, it remains to be seen whether the meeting results in a positive outcome. And even if it does, we don’t know when OEMs will finally adopt it for all of their devices.
This decision, however, may cause problems for Apple, as the company has always opposed the decision, citing reasons such as how it will “stifle innovation and produce heaps of electronic waste.” The company has been using its proprietary Lightning charger for its devices, but previous reports have suggested that it may succumb to popular demand and ship future iPhones with a USB Type-C port. The iPhone 15 will almost certainly be the first.
Whatever the case may be, we will keep you updated. So, stay tuned for more information, and please share your thoughts on USB-C standardization in the comments section below.
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