At the Council of the European Union held yesterday, the members officially approved the draft of USB Type-C as a universal charging standard, which was passed by the European Parliament in early October. Next, both the President of the European Parliament and the President of the Council of the European Union need to sign the bill, and then submit it to the European Parliament. Gazetted in the Official Journal of the European Union, the legislation enters into force 20 days after publication and comes into force 24 months later.
The Act stipulates that a series of electronic products listed in the EU, including mobile phones, tablet computers, digital cameras, headphones, mice, portable game consoles, e-readers, etc., need to uniformly use USB Type-C as the charging specification; although Notebook products are also subject to restrictions, but manufacturers are given an additional grace period of 40 months.
The bill also includes harmonizing fast-charging standards and requires manufacturers to sell chargers separately from the devices themselves. Four years after the new legislation comes into force, the European Commission will assess whether separate sales of chargers need to be enforced. It has always been pointed out that Apple needs to give up its own Lightning interface. In fact, the tenth generation iPad released earlier has switched to USB Type-C. At present, only the iPhone still insists on using the Lightning interface.
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