No matter how much Apple resists changing the iPhone, the EU vote has passed, and it will force it to act. According tomedia news, the European Union’s legislature has voted 582 to 40 to pass a resolution encouraging the European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, to take action on a single charging port solution for smartphones. It also means that Apple’s recent objections have not been heeded.
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For more than a decade, the European Commission, which drafted the EU regulatory regime and is the executive branch of the agency, has been working to develop a universal charger or charging port, but to this day there has been no mandatory regulation. Under the plan voted on by the European Parliament, EU lawmakers are asking the European Commission to adopt one of two options: either to restart the plan set out in 2014 to harmonize EU charging port standards or to introduce similar new legislation. European Parliament members have called on the European Commission to make a decision by July.
In 2009, the European Commission convened four major smartphone makers, Apple, Samsung Electronics, Huawei and Nokia, to sign a voluntary memorandum of understanding to use a unified phone charging port starting in 2011. But because it’s not a mandatory requirement, Apple still uses a distinctive charging interface and charging cable.
Last week, Apple expressed opposition to the European Union’s plan to unify phone charging ports. Apple said a unified charging port would stifle technological innovation, hurt European consumers and hurt the European economy. However, with USB-C interfaces becoming popular around the world, Apple’s opposition doesn’t seem to have much support in the industry.
Many analysts have previously thought That Apple would gradually expand into smartphones, replacing its lightning bolt with a USB-C interface that has become the industry standard.