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EU Okays Single Mobile Charging Port In Blow To Apple

Apple will have to change the connector on iPhones sold in Europe by 2024 after EU countries and lawmakers agreed on Tuesday to a single mobile charging port for mobile phones, tablets, and cameras in a world first, Foo Yun Chee reported for Reuters.


Photo Insert: Apple has warned the proposal would hurt innovation and create a mountain of electronic waste but did not immediately respond to a request for comment.



After manufacturers failed to achieve a single solution, the European Commission intervened, claiming that it would make life easier for customers and save them money.


For more than a decade, Brussels has pushed for a single mobile charging connector, driven by concerns from iPhone and Android users who had to switch between separate chargers. iPhones use Lightning cables to charge, while Android smartphones use USB-C connectors.



According to a 2019 Commission study, half of the chargers sold with mobile phones in 2018 had a USB micro-B connector, while 29 percent had a USB-C connector and 21% had a Lightning connector.


"By autumn 2024, USB Type-C will become the common charging port for all mobile phones, tablets, and cameras in the EU," the European Parliament said in a statement.


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"We are proud that laptops, e-readers, earbuds, keyboards, computer mice, and portable navigation devices are also included," said lawmaker Alex Agius Saliba who steered the debate at the parliament.


EU industry chief Thierry Breton said the deal would save around 250 million euros ($267 million) for consumers.


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"It will also allow new technologies such as wireless charging to emerge and to mature without letting innovation become a source of market fragmentation and consumer inconvenience," he said.


Apple, which has warned the proposal would hurt innovation and create a mountain of electronic waste, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.



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