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 date (by Get involved (opens in a new tab)) is a new development. This means the 2024 iPhone 16 will be able to get away without USB-C, but the 2025 iPhone 17 will have to include it.

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