Approval of EU USB-C directive puts pressure on Apple to replace Lightning port

The European Union is pushing legislation mandating USB-C charging for various consumer electronics.

The EU Parliament today formally approved the agreement that it and the EU Council agreed upon in September.

The EU Council must then formally approve the agreement, after which it will be published in the EU Official Journal.

By law, all phones, tablets, digital cameras, headphones, headsets, earbuds, portable speakers, and portable video game consoles must have a USB-C port.

The law also stipulates that all fast chargers use the same charging speed. This rule is enforced with a "dedicated label" that describes the readability.

After the regulation is published, EU Member States have one year to implement the regulation and then another year to comply.

This law applies only to products released after this period. Parliament said the vote passed with 602 votes in favor, 13 against and eight abstentions.

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