Earlier this month, the European Parliament approved the provision that requires all mobile devices including smartphones, laptops, and cameras to feature USB Type-C ports. According to a new report, Apple will likely transition to USB-C for its devices over the coming years. Hence, we can expect the iPhone maker to switch to USB Type-C for the AirPods Pro, Magic Mouse, Magic Keyboard, and Magic Trackpad by 2024.
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, in his latest Power On newsletter, states that Apple has been preparing to abide by the European Union (EU) law behind the scenes, despite the company’s push back against the order. Gurman adds that the iPhone 15 will arrive with USB Type-C when it launches in the fall of 2023. The entry-level iPad is also scheduled to get the USB-C port by the end of this year.
As for the remaining Apple device, the report suggests that the next-gen AirPods, AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max will all transition to USB-C by 2024. Additionally, the Magic Mouse, Magic Keyboard, and Magic Trackpad will also make the switch within the same timeframe. If the report is to be believed, Apple will manage to transition all of its products to USB Type-C by 2024, complying with the EU’s orders.
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Earlier this year, the EU reached a provisional agreement to make the USB Type-C standard mandatory for all smartphones from 2024 onwards. The law was recently passed, mandating all mobile phones, tablets, cameras, and laptops sold in Europe to feature the USB Type-C port by the end of 2024. Additionally, devices with wired charging such as headphones, portable speakers, ebook readers, keyboards, mice, handheld gaming consoles, GPS devices, and earbuds are required to have USB-C ports.
Gurman predicts that the USB-C era for Apple’s products will not last for long. He believes that Apple will go the wireless route in the future. The analyst adds, “At some point in the next few years, Apple will probably begin transitioning entirely to inductive charging on the iPhone and iPad, matching the Apple Watch.” EU states that smartwatches are exempt from the new law, since they don’t charge over a wired connection.