What you need to know
- The European Commission has been lobbying for a common mobile phone charger.
- The bloc plans to introduce legislation next month.
- It could see phone manufacturers forced to sell devices with a single standard of charger, possibly USB-C.
A new report says that the European Commission is planning to introduce new legislation that could force mobile phone vendors to sell phones with a single standard of charger.
A Reuters report states:
The EU has floated the idea for some time, but Apple has previously warned against the move, saying it has shipped over a billion devices with the Lightning port, but that furthermore, the industry is already moving to USB-C so there is no need to regulate the issue.
Apple has moved more of its products to USB-C in recent years, including its M1 iPad Pro (2021) and iPad Air. There are also rumors that Apple may add USB-C to its iPad Mini 6 (2021). Along with the base model iPad, it's the only Apple device still relying on a Lightning port outside of the iPhone ecosystem.
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Yes, it might affect Apple more than other vendors. That said, Apple isn't new to USB-C and so they have the knowledge to implement this. Sure, Apple will sell a few cables and chargers less, but as they don't get provided with new phones anymore, I don't see why Apple should profit from those sales.
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