BRUSSELS, Belgium: To comply with new rules aimed at standardizing charging ports for most electronic devices, Apple will need to change the charger for its iPhones sold in the European Union beginning in autumn 2024.
The reform, the first of its kind in the world, was passed in the European Parliament this week, and confirms a previous agreement among EU institutions.
The new rules obligate Apple to change its charging port for iPhones and other devices, by making USB-C connectors used in Android devices the standard across the EU.
From 2026, the rule will also apply to laptops, giving manufacturers time to make changes. Of the major producers, Apple will be the most affected.
After the vote, shares in European semiconductor manufacturers, including those of Apple suppliers STMicro and Infineon, rose.
Apple, Samsung and Huawei have not responded to requests for comment.
Alex Agius Saliba, the EU lawmaker who steered the reform through the EU assembly, said that under the reform, mobile phones and other devices sold after autumn 2024 will have to be compatible with the single charger, though old chargers will not be outlawed so that customers can continue to use older models.
The parliament extended the original EU's Executive Commission proposal, which covered only seven types of devices, though lawmakers added laptops to the list.
Apple warned that the proposal would damage innovation and generate electronics waste.
Despite being discussed for some years, the change was prompted by complaints from iPhone and Android users about having to switch chargers.
According to the European Commission, having a single charger would save consumers some $247.3 million.