In the United Kingdom, companies and manufacturers of smartphones and other electronic devices might be required to adopt only the USB-C charging port.
The European Commission has called on lawmakers to create a single mobile charging fort by 2024. Manufacturers should equip their products with the same port.
EU commissioner, Thierry Breton, wrote on Twitter, “We have a deal on the #CommonCharger!”
Should the law be created, it is expected to reduce the waste made by smartphone manufacturers and ultimately make life easier for consumers who have multiple devices.
While it is not a big blow for Apple, the recent announcement will be influential in shaping its charging port strategy. As of now, they have already introduced USB-C ports on newer devices like iPads and MacBooks.
Apple management released a comment following the announcement made by the EU. “We share the European Commission’s commitment to protecting the environment and are already carbon neutral for all of our corporate emissions worldwide,” the company management said.
Further, they explained that while this poses a challenge, Apple will always be for looking toward “innovation” and that the company “deeply cares about the customer experience.”
“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. We look forward to continued engagement with stakeholders to help find a solution that protects consumer interest, as well as the industry’s ability to innovate and bring exciting new technology to users,” the company justified.
In a study done last 2019, the EU found that over half of the chargers sold were adopting micro-B ports, 29% were USB-C, and 21% were Apple’s Lightning connector.