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EU Announces Plans to Require All Mobile Devices to Use USB-C


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Ipads equipped with USB-C charging connectors.

The law would apply to smartphones, portable video game consoles, portable speakers, cameras, and some types of headphones.

Credit: Andrew Cunningham

The European Commission has announced its intent to enact legislation that would mandate all consumer electronic devices sold in the European market within certain categories have a USB-C port for charging.

Should the new rules be enacted, they would make it illegal to sell consumer electronic devices that lack that port. The law would apply to smartphones, portable video game consoles, portable speakers, cameras, and some types of headphones—but it would not apply to devices that only use wireless charging.

The legislation also would not prevent devices from having additional ports for charging, as long as they also have a USB-C charging port.

Additional related mandates include a "harmonized" standard for fast-charging technology and a requirement to offer mobile devices without the charger bundled, something some companies have already started doing on their own to reduce waste and cut costs.

From Ars Technica
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