iPhones aren’t the only gadgets being forced to USB-C

Roben Walker

What you need to know

  • The European Parliament recently approved a law that will require many electronic devices to use USB-C for charging.
  • Mobile phones, tablets, and cameras sold in the EU will require USB-C by the end of 2026.
  • Laptops will also require USB-C charging by spring 2026, though there are some exceptions.

The European Parliament just passed a law that will require many electronic devices to feature USB-C ports for charging. The new rule from the EUmade headlines because it will require iPhones to use USB-C. That is unless Apple removes physical charging from them altogether. But mobile devices aren’t the only gadgets that will have to have USB-C. Many of the best Windows laptops and a long list of other devices will need to share the same charging solution.

The requirement to use a single charging solution will roll out in phases. By the end of 2024, all mobile phones, tablets, and cameras sold in the European Union will have to have a USB-C charging port. In the spring of 2026, the requirement will extend to laptops.


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