However, it seems that soon they may not have a choice because the EU has since laid out their plans that will essentially mandate that devices sold in the bloc will need to use USB-C as its charging standard. This will apply to all battery-operated gadgets which include “all smartphones, tablets, cameras, headphones, portable speakers and handheld videogame consoles.”
The EU is also keen on adopting what Apple did with the iPhone 12, which was to ditch the charger included in the box. While many criticized Apple’s decision, quite a number of manufacturers have since done something similar, and this decision by the EU more or less helps vindicate Apple’s decision.
That being said, Apple isn’t too thrilled with the idea of being forced to adopt USB-C. A statement made to iMore reads, “We create products that enhance people’s lives, making everyday tasks easier and more efficient, including how you charge and transfer data on your device. We remain concerned that strict regulation mandating just one type of connector stifles innovation rather than encouraging it, which in turn will harm consumers in Europe and around the world.”
They also say that they are working with the EU Commission to understand the proposals, but note that the 24-month transition period will be a “major concern” in the industry.