In Europe, Apple could be saying goodbye to its Lightning charging port sooner than expected. On September 23, the European Commission revealed a bill to impose the USB-C charger on all smartphones and electronic devices.
The European Union (EU) also wants to harmonize fast charging technologies. The goal would be ” prevent different manufacturers from unreasonably limiting the charging speed and help ensure that the charging speed is the same regardless of the compatible charger used with a device »Explains the commission.
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The EU has Apple in its sights
The project of a universal charger within Europe is not new. This led to the signing of a protocol between Apple, Samsung, Huawei and Nokia ten years ago. However, it never saw the light of day.
In February 2020 the idea will reappear in the European Parliament with the aim of reducing e-waste emissions on the continent. This is the same argument put forward in the European Commission’s bill presented on Wednesday. Users can reuse their chargers when they equip themselves with a new device, which makes them more convenient.
Consumers who spend around 2.4 billion euros annually on chargers could save, according to the EU Commission 250 million euros per year. This new measure would also increase by almost 1,000 tons of waste from unused chargerswhich would be 11,000 tons per year.
Several legislators in the European Parliament have welcomed this long overdue decision. ” It is completely absurd for Europeans to pay for a new charger every time our drawers are full », Commented Saskia Bricmont, member of the ecologist.
” This regulation would stifle innovation “According to Apple
The answer from Cupertino was not long in coming. Despite the arguments put forward by the European Commission, Apple has decided that ” this regulation would stifle innovation “The two-year transition period that leads to the introduction of the only charger is not enough for the company.
Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice-President of the European Commission, disagrees. ” We’ve given the industry plenty of time to develop their own solutions, but now it’s time to take legislative action in favor of a universal charger. She explained.
In order to carry out this project, the European Commission plans to sell chargers separately from electronic devices. This is a point on which Apple should agree, as the company has been taking this approach since last year.
At the moment this is just an invoice. Like any legislative procedure, it must be submitted to the European Parliament and the Council. If accepted, the companies will have to adapt during the transition period of 24 months.