An Apple USB-C iPhone now has a particular deadline

Robert Triggs / Android Authority


  • There’ll should be an Apple USB-C iPhone by December 28, 2024.
  • That is the formal date the EU has declared for all new gadgets to have USB-C.
  • We’ll seemingly see a USB-C iPhone nicely earlier than that date, although.

Earlier this yr, the EU formally agreed upon a legislation that requires producers to make use of a typical charger answer for all relevant merchandise. This set the wheels in movement for what we’ve all the time wished: an iPhone that doesn’t have a Lightning port.

Right now, the EU lastly set a particular date for the enforcement of this legislation: December 28, 2024 (by way of The Verge). Any system created after that date that desires to promote to Europe might want to use the USB-C commonplace. The times of the Apple USB-C iPhone are upon us!

Nevertheless, we absolutely count on Apple to have already got USB-C iPhones on retailer cabinets earlier than 2024. The iPhone 15 sequence — which we count on to land in September 2023 — will most likely be the primary with out Lightning ports. By the tip of 2024, we’ll additionally most likely have the iPhone 16 sequence and perhaps even a brand new iPhone SE with USB-C ports.

Regardless, if for some unusual cause Apple wished to carry off even longer on abandoning Lightning, it could must make the change no later than December 2024.

The EU hopes this legislation will pressure producers to be extra environmentally aware. If each system makes use of the identical connector, it should remove thousands and thousands of tons of waste since individuals received’t must abandon cable equipment once they improve gadgets. In fact, it should take years for Lightning-based iPhones to completely go away, however we wanted to start out someplace.