EU intends to force Apple to make its devices with USB-C ports

17:21, 23 September 2021
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The initiative aiming at reducing waste and pollution might hit the California-based company which keeps using Lightning connector chargers.

On Thursday the European Commission announced plans to introduce a bill obliging all smartphone producers to equip their gadgets with a USB-C charging port.

The project has been conceived to reduce waste and the pollution it causes. Furthermore, users will benefit from the unique port since they can charge multiple devices with only one charger.

“European consumers were frustrated long enough about incompatible chargers piling up in their drawers. This is an important win for our consumers and environment and in line with our green and digital ambitions.”

USB-C ports have been chosen as a standard which will concern not only smartphones but also tablets, cameras, headphones, portable speakers, and other gadgets.

Apple, which still makes most of its devices with lightning, is likely to suffer the most, taking into account its sales in Europe. However, the firm has recently released models of iPads and MacBooks with USB-C ports.

The company’s representatives have given comments on the project, highlighting that though it respected the EU’s devotion to environmental protection, Apple stands for “innovation and deeply cares about the customer experience.”

“We remain concerned that strict regulation mandating just one type of connector stifles innovation rather than encouraging it, which in turn will harm consumers in Europe and around the world. We look forward to continued engagement with stakeholders to help find a solution that protects consumer interest, as well as the industry’s ability to innovate and bring exciting new technology to users.”

The bill is a part of the EU’s Radio Equipment Directive. If the project passes, manufacturers will be entitled to two years so that they can modify their production lines.

Apple’s rivals including Samsung and Huawei have lately switched to USB-C ports while their older devices are equipped with micro-USB ports.