BRUSSELS: EU member states and parliament agreed on Tuesday (June 7) the text of a law imposing a standard charger for smartphones and tablets sold in the bloc. Apple,
For most portable devices a . need to be charged via usb Type-C port will be applicable from the end of 2024, European ParliamentThe press service said.
The European Union believes a standard cable for all devices will cut electronic waste, but iPhone giant Apple argues that a one-size-fits-all charger will slow innovation and create more pollution.
The bloc is home to 450 million people, some of the world’s richest consumers, and the implementation of USB-C as a cable standard could impact the entire global smartphone market.
“This new law will make the lives of European consumers easier and better for the environment,” said MEP Andrey Kovachev, one of the negotiators.
“It is time to eliminate the pile of cables that we all have in our drawers and save about 11,000 tonnes of electronic waste per year,” he said.
Consumers currently have to decide between phones served by three main chargers: the “Lightning” for Apple handsets, Micro-USB widely used on most other mobile phones, and the newer USB-C that offers faster usage. Coming in.
This limitation has already been greatly simplified since 2009, when dozens of different types of chargers were bundled with mobile phones, becoming piles of electronic waste when users changed brands.
Making its proposal last year, the European Union said the current situation sucks and that European consumers spend about 2.4 billion euros ($2.8 billion) annually on standalone chargers purchased separately.
The European Commission Long defended a voluntary agreement with the device industry that was set up in 2009 and saw major shortages in cables, but Apple refused to comply.
Apple, which already uses USB-C connectors on some of its iPad and laptop computers, has pushed for any legislation to implement a universal charger for all mobiles. The European Union is unfair.