On June 7, European Parliament and Council negotiators adopted an agreement: from autumn 2024, small and medium-sized electronic devices (mobile phones, tablets, cameras, etc.) sold in the EU must use USB Type-C as a charging port ( Products that have been on sale before the official announcement are not subject to restrictions). The European Parliament said the move could help consumers save around 11,000 tonnes of e-waste every year by saving 250 million euros a year from buying unnecessary chargers.
In response, Apple said the move is stifling innovation and will in turn harm the interests of consumers in Europe and around the world.
However, well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo tweeted on May 11 that the iPhone released in the second half of 2023 will abandon the Lightning port and use the USB-C port. The possible reason is that Apple may have long expected that the bill to unify the charging port will be implemented sooner or later. After all, the European Parliament has been brewing this move for ten years and has communicated with Apple before.