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Forget the iPhone: Europe’s USB-C rules are a bigger deal for everything else

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Under new rules proposed by the European Commission, all portable electronics will have to use USB-C for wired charging.

The proposal also says that consumers should have the option to buy new devices without a charger, furthering the goal of reducing e-waste. If approved by the European Parliament—which seems likely—the rules would take effect within two years.

Much of the attention around the proposal has understandably fixated on Apple’s iPhones. While practically every new Android phone already includes a USB-C charging port, Apple still uses its proprietary Lightning connector for the iPhone, even as it’s moved to USB-C on MacBooks, higher-end iPads, and certain........

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