The USB-C port (and cables) are increasingly common to find in modern devices and could soon become a must: the European Union presented its proposal for all phones sold in its territory to include it, which it could get Apple in trouble.
So far, Apple is the only company that uses its own technology for the charging port, called Lightning. But the new proposal of the European Union seeks to unify all devices under USB-C and this includes not only mobile phones but also cameras, headphones, video game consoles, tablets and so on.
According to the Commission behind the project, which has been in the process since 2020, the measure will be a relief for users, who will not have to accumulate different types of chargers if only one is enough to power all devices. And incidentally, the amount of accumulated electronic waste would be reduced, which reaches 11,000 tons per year.
Are your chargers piling up in a drawer?
We propose a common charger for mobile phones and other similar electronic devices.
A single charger will be more convenient for people and will reduce electronic waste.
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In statements delivered to the BBC, Apple assures that this future regulation causes them concern. And while obvious reasons for this could be suspected – Apple uses the Lightning port on the iPhone and iPad – the US firm says that a measure like this would limit innovation and end up affecting users not only in Europe, but everywhere. the world.
The proposal also considers the option of the devices being sold only with the included charging cable, but without the charger. In any case, the latter would not be news since several phone manufacturers have chosen to eliminate the power charger.
“With more devices available, there are more chargers that become unnecessary,” indicates the official site of the project. Lawmakers also say the manufacturing industry had enough time to implement a solution to what is seen as a problem.
In the proposal there is a small exception that has to do with wireless technology, since if a device is charged exclusively in this way, the implementation of the USB-C port will not be necessary by obligation.
What is required now is for the proposal to go to the European Parliament, which will decide whether this becomes law or not. And if so, there will be a two-year period for the measure to be implemented.