EU to impose the law on universal phone charger
The European Commission believes a standard cable for all devices will cut back on electronic waste, but Apple says a one-size fits all charger will stop innovation and create more pollution. The commission takes an important steps against growing e-waste and consumer inconvenience, caused by the prevalence of different, incompatible chargers for electronic devices.
EU said in the statement that, Years of working with the industry on a voluntary approach already brought down the number of mobile phone chargers from 30 to 3 within the last decade, but could not deliver a complete solution,
The EU has a massive market and is home to 450 million people, and the imposition of the USB-C as a cable standard could have a decisive effect on the global smartphone market. Once approved by member states and European Parliament, would affect the entire global smartphone market.
Consumers currently have to decide between phones served by three main chargers: "Lightning" for Apple handsets, the micro-USB widely used on most other mobile phones and the newer USB-C that is increasingly coming into use.
The EU said the current situation remained "inconvenient" and that European consumers spent approximately 2.4 billion euros ($2.8 billion) annually on standalone chargers they bought separately.
Thierry Breton, the internal market commissioner also pushed back against the industry's argument that innovation would be harmed. He told reporters that US tech giants "are always making this argument, that (EU law) is against innovation ... It is not against innovation. It is for European consumers, it is not against anyone."
Apple, which already uses USB-C connectors on some of its iPads and laptop computers, insists legislation to force a universal charger for all mobiles in the European Union is unwarranted.
"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," Apple said.
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