The EU has proposed a single charger for every phone, including Apple’s iPhone.
In a proposal that could drastically change the smartphone industry, the European Commission has said that USB-C will become standard across all devices.
This includes not only phones but also tablets, cameras, headphones, portable speakers and handheld videogame consoles.
It also suggests that sales of phones and their chargers should be segregated, so that people don’t have too many chargers they don’t need and that end up being wasted.
Europe Fit’s executive vice president for the digital age at the European Commission, Margrethe Vestager, said the decision to move to the need for universal chargers came after companies failed to fix themselves.
“European consumers have long been dismayed about incompatible chargers piling up in their drawers,” it said in a statement.
“We gave the industry a lot of time to come up with our own solution, now is the time for legislative action for a generic charger. This is a significant victory for our consumers and the environment, and in line with our green and digital ambitions “
Apple remains the most obvious company not to move to a universal charging standard, instead sticking with its Lightning port, which won’t be allowed under the new plans. The company has long argued that regulators should focus on plugs going into the wall, rather than the end of the phone, so that people can use their cables everywhere.
However, the European Commission stated that this would require “full interoperability on both sides of the cable: the electronic equipment and the external power supply”. The new rules will ensure that this happens, it said.
The proposals pertain to more than just moving to the USB-C standard so that people can power their phones from any charger. It will also require harmonizing fast charging technology so that companies do not unfairly limit charging speeds; Allowing people to buy phones without a charger; And for customers to know better about their devices when they buy them, such as how much power it uses and whether it supports fast charging.
The new proposals will have to be adopted by the European Parliament and the Council through their normal procedures. If it is passed, the industry will be given 24 months to adapt before it is implemented.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk /