Europe to require USB-C iPhones by 2024 though Apple is likely to offer it earlier

The European Parliament has approved a law requiring all smartphones to have a USB-C port by 2024. The vote, which saw 602 votes in favor and 13 against, means Apple will need to dump Lightning ports on iPhones in the European Union. The vote was expected (opens in new tab) and will ultimately affect more than smartphones in the trading and governmental bloc of 27 nations. 

Under the new law, consumers in the EU will eventually be able to use one single charger for a range of small and medium-sized portable electronic devices. Ultimately, this will include smartphones, tablets, digital cameras, headphones and headsets, handheld videogame consoles and portable speakers, e-readers, keyboards, mice, mobile navigation systems, earbuds, and laptops that are rechargeable via a wired cable, operating with a power delivery of up to 100 Watts. 

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