EU rejects Apple's justification on not switching its chargers to USB-C!

European Union recently published a statement that goes against Apple's claim that changing to USB Type C will stifle innovation.
EU rejects Apple's justification on not switching its chargers to USB-C!
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EU is serious in pushing the standardization of charging cables

In September, the European Commission was contemplating a new policy that will require smartphone manufacturers to equip their products with a USB-C charging port. 

Allegedly, this proposal from European Commission was designed to reduce electronic waste and simplify the lives of consumers. In theory, this will enable them to use a single charger for multiple devices they own.

However, Apple expressed its concern that this mandate will withhold innovation rather than encourage it. This decision from the agency may heavily affect the Cupertino giant since it still uses its own Lightning type charger for iPhones. 

Apparently, Apple is facing problems in convincing European Union with its reasonings to prevent them from implementing the new rule. The EU has now responded and stressed out that the bill does allow for continued development.

In an interview, MEP and Consumer Protection Committee Chairman Anna Cavazzini said that the proposal leaves an open door for adopting a different standard in the future.

According to Cavazzini, the industry often brings up the argument that legislation could hamper innovation. She added,

I don’t see it. The proposal states that if a new standard emerges that is better than USB-C, we can adapt the rules.

Moreover, MEP added that The European Parliament has been pushing to have a standard cable for 10 years. She added that the European Commission tried to bring companies on board via voluntary agreements.

But then, she noted that not all companies have agreed so they finally proposed legislation for one common standard for chargers.

It's still early to tell if this proposal will become a mandate and what will Apple do if this will be implemented.

Any thoughts on this issue?

EU rejects Apple's justification on not switching its chargers to USB-C! EU rejects Apple's justification on not switching its chargers to USB-C! Reviewed by Telenor Editorial on October 16, 2021 Rating: 5

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