REGULATION by the European Union could force a change in the design of the iPhone.
A unique selling point of the iPhone is under scrutiny.
The iPhone charging port is unique to Apple products and some MEPs don’t like that fact.
The voting body, acting in the interest of the European Union, passed a measure to force all phone companies to use a universal charger: the USB-C.
USB-C is common to devices of all brands and product types found on MacBook Air laptop, Samsung Galaxy S22 and other devices.
The vote was almost unanimous with 43 members in favor of the legislation and only two against.
Apple’s Lightning cable was introduced in 2012 and has been the charger of choice for every iPhone ever since.
In 2020, Apple stopped including a charger in every iPhone, citing efforts to reduce environmental waste.
An EU lawmaker has turned Apple’s argument on its head, saying a lack of universality is contributing to the “11,000 to 13,000 tons of e-waste”.
The same lawmaker, a socialist from Malta, was quoted by LADBible as saying universal chargers would “help the environment, further encourage the reuse of old electronics, save money and reduce unnecessary costs and inconveniences for businesses and consumers”.
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The regulation would technically only be applicable in the 27 countries of the European Union.
But the law is not official yet.
The Independent reported that the bill must be approved by a larger assembly of 705 members of the European Parliament next month – but strong support within the small committee leads reporters to believe it will pass with ease.
Once passed, the legislation will apply to phones and other handheld devices such as e-readers and tablets.
Apple’s latest Lightning cables have a USB-C adapter on the side that plugs into the power block but not the charging port.
The declared aim of the EU is to have USB-C in full interoperability by 2026.
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