Apple pushes back against European Union calls for common charger

Alonzo Simpson
January 25, 2020

The company explains that legislation forcing it to abandon Lightning would have " direct negative impact "On the hundreds of millions of devices and accessories used by the manufacturer's customers in Europe and elsewhere in the world.

This move came in order to cut down on electronic waste that is created by so many different types of cables in the market.

Apple moreover felt that principles weren't mandatory when the industry become already consolidating spherical USB-C, either via port changes or via cables (as with the iPhone 11 Pro).

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It's adopted USB-C for new iPad Pro models but iPhones remain off limits for USB-C, meaning consumers need to employ an array of connectors.

In a statement (via Engadget), Apple emphasized that since there are more than 1 billion Lightning-powered Apple devices and accessories that have been shipped to its customers, a move to switch from Lightning to USB-C will in effect create more problems than it solves. This move will affect the company as many of its devices use lightning cable.

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Apple's insistence on sticking to its proprietary Lightning port is the last reminder of the bad old days, and I for one think it's time to channel Bradley Cooper: "Maybe it's time to let the old ways die".

Not surprisingly, Apple said it won't give in to the EU's mandate, Reuters reported. You can read Apple's full statement here.

For years now the European Union has been pressuring smartphone makers to standardise on one universal charger design to put an end to charger clutter, and reduce thousands of tons of electronic waste yearly from old chargers. On the other hand, Apple believes setting such a broad regulation would "stifle innovation". We consider regulation which compels conformity throughout the sort of connector built into all smartphones stifles innovation instead of promoting it, and might harm customers in Europe and also the market as a whole. Including Apple's USB-C power adapter that's compatible with iPhone and iPad apparatus. This plot is extra cheap and convenient for consumers, enables charging for a plentiful series of portable digital merchandise, encourages people to re-utilize their charger and permits for innovation.

"We expect the Commission will continue to find a solution that doesn't limit the industry's capacity to innovate and deliver exciting new technologies to clients". In 2009, a voluntary pledge was signed by the likes of Apple, Nokia and Samsung to make chargers compatible with the micro-USB standard.

Some phone-makers have now evolved to USB-C, which charges faster than micro-USB.

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