What the EU’s USB-C mandate means for Apple — and for users

The European Union (EU) this week announced it will require makers of most consumer electronic devices adopt the USB Type-C charging standard by fall 2024.

The unprecedented mandate is widely ecpected to affect Apple, whose products — including the popular iPhone series — use the company’s proprietary Lightning connector protocol. The move means iPhones and AirPods sold in the EU will be required to switch to the more ubiquitous USB-C ports and cable connectors.

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