New EU rule will require all phones and electronics to use a standard charger

Apple and other smartphone makers will be required to support USB-C as part of a single charging standard for mobile devices across the European Union

by as early as the fall of 2024 under a new law announced Tuesday by EU officials.

The legislation is aimed at reducing e-waste and eliminating "cable clutter," said Margrethe Vestager, European Commission Vice President.

Under the legislation, according to a release, "mobile phones, tablets, e-readers, earbuds, digital cameras, headphones and headsets

handheld videogame consoles and portable speakers that are rechargeable via a wired cable will have to be equipped with a USB Type-C port, regardless of their manufacture."

The coming rules will apply to new small and medium-sized electronics sold in the EU.

Chargers that support fast charging will also be required to adopt the same charging speeds.

The measure does not affect wireless charging technologies, and consumers would have to be able to buy a device without a bundled charger if they choose.

The new rule stands to bring major changes for Apple (AAPL) users. Apple didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

The new rule stands to bring major changes for Apple (AAPL) users. Apple didn't immediately respond to a request for comment...

and accessories that use the company's proprietary Lightning connector, according to an EU Parliament report.

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