UK says it won’t follow suit with USB-C legislation


The UK has announced that it will not require technology companies to switch to UBC charging.

The news comes just days after the European Union announced that USB-C the common charging ports would be required by law by 2024. Now, the United Kingdom has released a statement to confirm that it’s not “currently considering” following in the same footsteps as the European Union.

Speaking of the new legislation, the EU said: “This law is a part of a broader EU effort to make products in the EU more sustainable, to reduce electronic waste, and make consumers’ lives easier.”

However, it’s likely that a USB-C iPhone will still now be in development.

There have been a number of rumors in recent years that Apple would transition away from Lighting towards USB-C, as it’s already done with the iPad Pro and iPad Air, to streamline charging and data transfer across the entire Apple ecosystem, and the EU’s ruling will only speed up this process.

By 2024, Apple will be required to sell iPhones, AirPods, iPads, and more with USB-C charging ports – and as EU sales make up a significant proportion of Apple’s sales, it’s likely that the company will transition the product range across the board, rather than selling EU-exclusive products.

According to a report from Bloomberg, Apple has already been testing an iPhone with USB-C charging, with the first device expected to launch in September next year – the iPhone 15 range.

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