It was recently reported that the European Union is preparing legislation to unify smartphone charging ports and chargers. Apple on Thursday rejected a proposal by European Union lawmakers to unify phone chargers, warning that the move could discourage technology companies from innovating, create a lot of e-commerce and annoy consumers, according tomedia reports.
To be unified
Apple’s comments came a week after MEPs called for a uniform charger and charging interface for all mobile phones, according tomedia reports, and amended a draft law that says the use of uniform charging ports and chargers is a basic requirement for the EUROPEAN electronics market.
For more than a decade, the European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, has been pushing for a unified charger. They argue that different companies use different charging interfaces and chargers, creating huge amounts of e-waste.
In 2009, the European Commission convened four companies, including Apple, Samsung, Huawei and Nokia, to sign a voluntary memorandum of understanding to unify chargers for new smartphones that went on sale in 2011. Today, however, mobile phone charging ports are not uniform, and Apple is still using the lightning interface and lightning charger solely with its own technology.
European Commission officials say the voluntary approach does not work when it comes to unifying charging ports and that it’s time to study legislation.
But Apple has always been opposed to the EU approach.
In the world’s smartphone market, the shift to a unified charger has had a bigger impact on Apple than any other company, as Apple’s phones and most of its products are charged by Lightning and cables, and almost all Android phones are now switching to USB-C, and most users have embraced USB-C.
USB-C is becoming more and more popular in the market, and the interface supports mobile phones, laptops, handhelds, hard drives, and many more portable devices that can not only be recharged, but also transmit data, and are symmetrical on the front and back, without a doubt more advanced than previous interfaces, making it easier for consumers to use.
In fact, Apple itself already uses USB-C interfaces on the MacBook laptop line, ditching other interfaces, but still sticks to the lightning bolt on smartphone iPhones.
“We believe that mandatory regulatory policies that unify all smartphone built-in connector types will discourage, rather than encourage, innovation and will harm european consumers and the economy as a whole,” Apple said in a statement. “
Apple also believes that chargers and charging interfaces should not be a government-regulated issue because the industry itself can solve problems, such as the current user can gradually switch to USB-C interfaces through connectors or cable components.
They think it’s just a Lightning to USB-C thing, where there’s trouble.
To illustrate its opposition, Apple commissioned a study by the research firm Copenhagen Economics, which found that consumers would suffer economic losses of at least 1.5 billion euros if regulators forced a switch to a unified charger, more than 13 million euros in related environmental benefits.
The issue of the Lightning interface is still in dispute, but it was soon pointed out in the media that the EU didn’t mean it: they didn’t ask Apple to cut Lightning. According to a more detailed interpretation, the focus of the EU’s latest statement is not “charging cable” or “connector” but “charger” (power adapter).
Apple’s approach isn’t much to snob bet on for “uniform-sized chargers,” with the iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max now comes with an 18W USB-C charger and Lightning to USB-C charging cable; The MacBook pen uses a USB-C-sized charger and cable. But the iPhone 11 is still packed with a 5W USB Type-A charger, and as a user we certainly hope that Apple’s journey to a universal charger will be a bit more thorough, and that the iPhone’s embrace of USB-C will be a big deal.