A new European Commission law will force phones and electronic devices manufacturers to create a universal charging solution that will favour
the USB Type-C port standard.
The highlights of the new law include:
All devices now have to operate on universal charging cables and ports, whereas apple will be most affected.
Chargers and phones must now come in separate boxes.
All devices must now operate on a universally standardized fast charging speed. Meaning devices capable of fast charging will be charged at the same speeds.
BBC reports that Apple has warned such a move would harm innovation.
The tech giant is the main manufacturer of smartphones using a custom charging port, as its iPhone series uses an Apple-made “Lightning” connector.
“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,” the firm told the BBC.
The new law added that it aims to make every Apple device and usage carbon neutral by 2030.
While not only the chargers are expected to comply with the new proposed law, the corresponding charging ports on the devices bodies too must change accordingly. Whereas the end of the cable connecting to a plug could be USB-C or USB-A.
However, the proposed rules will only apply to:
handheld video game consoles
While products including earbuds, smart-watches and fitness trackers are exempted for technical reasons linked to the size and use conditions.
Ben Wood, an analyst at CCS Insight said: “Having one common charging standard would be a victory for common sense in the eyes of consumers,”
“Although Apple has made a strong argument for keeping its Lightning connector, given the one billion active iPhone users, some of its products including Mac and iPad now support USB-C. “Hopefully it will eventually become a non-issue if Apple keeps adding USB-C to more devices.”
While the new rule is still a legislative proposal known as a Directive, it must still pass through debates by the European Parliament and each European national government hopefully by 2022, after which member states usually have two years to enact the rules into national law, and manufacturers will have 24 months to change their charging ports.
“We gave industry plenty of time to come up with their own solutions, now time is ripe for legislative action for a common charger. This is an important win for our consumers and environment and in line with our green and digital ambitions,” Commission Vice President Margrethe Vestager said.
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