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Apple in a fix as EU proposes common charging port for devices

Apple in a fix as EU proposes common charging port for devices
The Siliconreview
03 June, 2022

The universal charging port law applies to Smartphones, Headphones, and Tablets

EU countries and EU lawmakers are contemplating a standard charging port for all devices. The proposal for a single mobile charging port was discussed by the European Commission more than a decade ago as iPhone and Android users were miffed about using different chargers for their phones. A Lightning cable charges iPhone and Android gadgets are charged by USB-C connectors. Ongoing talks propose to broaden the scope to laptops. This is likely to impact tech giants like Samsung, Huawei, other device makers, etc.

Wireless charging systems are also to be harmonized by 2025. The universal charging port law applies to Smartphones, Headphones, and Tablets. Wireless devices are exempt, for e.g., Apple Watch. Apple has been presenting a strong pushback against harmonization. It states that such moves will stifle innovation, and the action will inconvenience Apple customers who have to replace their existing Lightening accessories. The harmonization will additionally increase electronic waste. There are talks about Apple planning to drop Lightening on its own. Bloomberg and analyst Ming-Chi Kuo have confirmed that Apple is testing iPhone 15 models with USB-C ports. Using the same charging port for all devices will enable Apple to offer its users faster sync rates and faster-charging speed.