Apple’s European Commission caused a major headache after it decided to make USB-C mandatory on all devices.
The proposal by the European Commission would update the existing directive on wireless devices in order to coordinate charging connections and fast charging technology.
In practical terms, this means that USB-C will become a required connection on all devices sold in the EU, including smartphones, tablets, cameras, headphones, portable speakers and portable game consoles.
Most Android device manufacturers are already using USB-C or planning to discontinue microUSB I/O in the near future. On the other hand, Apple will have to change the Lightning port on its devices. However, there was still a way for the giant to avoid this.
The updated directive on wireless equipment must now be adopted by the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union. Once this is done, there is a transition period of 24 months to allow time for the industry to meet the requirements.
Meanwhile, Verge has already confirmed that mandatory use of a USB-C port is only required if the device is charged with a cable. In other words, a device that can be charged wirelessly won’t break any rules if it doesn’t provide a USB-C port.
Given that, it looks like Apple has at least two years to either discount and accept USB-C in all of its devices or remove the Lightning port and make its devices portless and entirely dependent on wireless charging. Apple has stated in the past that the company will only make an iPhone that charges wirelessly.
Another change proposed by the commission, which is unlikely to receive complaints from the industry or consumers, is to prevent manufacturers from adapting chargers to new devices.