The European Union has set a December 27, 2024 deadline for device makers to switch to USB-C for their data and charging ports, meaning Apple will have to ditch the iPhone Lightning connector sooner.

Although the EU decision has already been made, the new development here is the date (via Get involved (opens in a new tab)). This means Apple can get away with keeping Lightning for the 2024 iPhone 16, but the 2025 iPhone 17 will have to include USB-C.

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