Mandatory USB-C phone port edges closer after EU deal

A collection of USB-C cables. | Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

European Union lawmakers have reached an agreement on proposed legislation that would force all future smartphones, including Apple’s iPhone, to use the universal USB-C port for charging. Alongside phones, the rules will also apply to other electronic devices including tablets, digital cameras, and e-readers. As well as agreeing to use the common charging port, an agreement was also reached to harmonize fast-charging standards.

The European Parliament’s Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection announced the agreement in a tweet ahead of a press conference due to take place at 12:30 CEST (6:30AM ET) later today. We’ll update this story with further details from the conference.

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Author: Jon Porter