EU Announces Type-C Port Requirement for All Devices

The European Union has always been committed to environmental protection. One of their initiatives is to pursue uniformity in electronic product interfaces. The widely recognized and highly efficient USB Type-C interface has been recognized as the best choice for the EU. A decree has been passed to enforce the use of USB Type-C on all electronic products. The deadline for compliance was set to 2023. As of 2024, the EU finally announced that the decree had come into full effect. As a result, all electronic products sold in the EU must now use USB Type-C ports.

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The European Commission announced on social media recently that with tireless efforts, USB Type-C ports will become the standard for electronic devices in 2024. This means better charging standards, less cable waste, and easier access to chargers for everyone. The EU plans to ensure that all USB-C-enabled chargers are capable of charging electronic devices with USB-C ports without compatibility issues.

In the EU’s list, devices including cellphones, tablets, digital cameras, headphones, gaming handhelds, e-readers, keypads, mobile GPS, etc., must use USB-C ports. By 2026, all laptops will have to use USB-C ports as well. It can be said that the EU’s move to harmonize all interfaces counts as a huge step forward. In the past, there used to be dozens of interfaces on the market due to the immaturity of the technology. With the rise of USB, basically, Micro-USB, Apple’s Thunderbolt, and Type-C became the three major universal interfaces. At present, Micro-USB is almost eliminated, and the biggest remaining resistance is the Apple Thunderbolt interface. For the EU’s move, Apple expressed strong opposition, saying that the unified interface would only erase individuality. Of course, the EU’s huge market also made Apple bow its head. With the bill’s passing, we can expect to find a Type-C cable in the future to enable the charging and data transmission of digital products.

The application of Type-C in various devices
The application of Type-C in various devices