The European Parliament approved this Tuesday (04.10.2022) a law that imposes a single chargerwith a USB-C port, for smartphones, tablets and portable devices from the end of 2024, a measure that will force Apple to modify its models.
The regulation was approved by an overwhelming majority of 602 votes in favor and 13 against, with eight abstentions. The measure will force Apple to abandon the specific charging port for its iPhone models, called Lightning.
During the discussions MEPs argued that the adoption of a single charger model will reduce the mountain of obsolete chargers discarded each year and will reduce costs for consumers. The change is expected to save at least 200 million euros per year and reduce more than 1,000 tonnes of e-waste annually in the EU, European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager said.
Apple had bitterly resisted moves to standardize cell phone charging ports and wearable devices, claiming that such legislation would be an obstacle to technological innovation.
However, users of the latest iPhone models complain that the Lightning port is capable of transferring data at just a fraction of the speed of USB-C.
The regulations adopted by the European Parliament must be fully applied within two years for mobile phones, tablets, digital cameras, headphones, portable speakers, portable video game consoles and electronic readers, among others.
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Source: La Opinion