The European Union is planning on enforcing a rule that will create a universal charging solution for all phones and small electronic devices.
The European Commission (EC) has proposed all smartphones sold in the EU to utilize USB-C chargers in the efforts of reducing waste. However, tech giant Apple has recently spoken out against the policy, claiming that the move would hinder innovation processes. Being that Apple holds a large piece of the smartphone market and use its own custom charging port, the company’s devices would evidently be affected.
In a statement, Apple told the BBC, “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.” While most Android phones have made the shift to the USB-C standard port, many of Apple’s devices still utilize the lightning port. Newer models of iPads and Macbooks use USB-C charging ports like other premium Android manufacturers like Huawei and Samsung.
In response to Apple’s concerns, CCS Insight’s analyst Ben Wood states, “Having one common charging standard would be a victory for common sense in the eyes of consumers. Although Apple has made a strong argument for keeping its Lightning connector, given the one billion active iPhone users, some of its products including Mac and iPad now support USB-C. Hopefully it will eventually become a non-issue if Apple keeps adding USB-C to more devices.”
The proposed rule would affect smartphones, tablets, cameras, headphones, portable speakers as well as handheld video game consoles. By standardizing the chargers, it means that devices will be capable of fast charging at similar speeds. There are still a number of hurdles that need to be crossed before the decision becomes final. The proposal could come into effect after several years.
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