The European Commission has been requesting a single charging method/port on smartphones for more than a decade. This was a request so far but may soon become a must. Because some members of the European Parliament have called for legal regulation. As a result, the Lightning model used in Apple devices may have to be replaced by USB Type C model.
While there were 30 different charger models in 2009, today this number is 3: USB-C, micro USB and Lightning. The goal of the European Union Commission is to reduce this number to 1: USB-C.
The @EU_Commission strongly supports harmonisation of chargers for mobiles. In 2009, we had >30 charging solutions. Now 3 main solutions. In the discussion w #industry we insist on the following objectives ✔️consumer convenience ✔️safety & interoperability ✔️reduction of e-waste. pic.twitter.com/jdcJ8pIk7s— Maroš Šefčovič?? (@MarosSefcovic) January 13, 2020
Apple has been using the Lightning model on many devices for a long time. However, the company, which gave up Lightning with iPad Pro, started using USB-C on new MacBook models. Now it looks like the technology giant is going to use this model on all of its devices.
These statements made by the European Commission have not yet been answered by Apple. We’re looking forward to it!
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