EU wants universal mobile charger, but Apple doesn’t

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According to a report by Reuters, the EU is proposing legislation in September requiring all devices to be equipped with a common mobile charger. This move would affect Apple the most, as it uses Lightning cables, while most Android phones use UBC-C. As you might expect, Apple is opposed to this potential legislation, as it did when it was first brought up last year.

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Based on this report, the European Commission will present legislation in September to establish a common charger for mobile phones and other electronic devices. This means that we won’t have to wait too long to see if this will eventually become a rule in the EU.

According to a study by the European Commission, in 2018, 50% of phones in the EU were sold with micro-USB connectors, 29% with a USB C connector and 21% with a Lightning connector. However, this study was conducted in 2019 based on 2018 sales, so the number of USB-C phones has likely increased significantly since then.

The idea behind this decision is to create a situation where users could use a single charger cable regardless of which phone they are using. The Commission also discussed the environmental benefits of using a single cable for all smartphones.

Apple says using a single charger would hurt innovation and create a mountain of e-waste, as consumers who own the cable they choose to force will not be able to use it with future devices.

We’ll have to wait until next month to see if that comes to fruition, as unifying shippers and keeping shippers independent from government has a compelling case.


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