Apple is against European Union proposal for universal charger
Apple is against the proposal of the European Union (EU) to introduce a universal charger, based on the USB-C type and suitable for all electronic equipment, including smartphones, tablets, cameras and other devices.
After 12 years of voluntary commitments from the technology sector, which allowed a reduction to three models, the EU proposed on Thursday to make USB-C ports the “standard inputs”.
But the suggestion isn’t appealing to Apple, which has its own ‘lightning’ entry on the iPhone.
Although the new rules are still years away from being implemented, they could force the US company to make changes to its devices.
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In a statement, quoted by CNN, Apple argues that the proposal “stifles innovation, instead of encouraging it”, which, in the company’s view, will “harm consumers in Europe and around the world”.
Furthermore, the tech giant says it is “concerned” with the two-year period for this transition that the Commission has imposed.
At issue is a review of the Community directive RED (Radio Equipment Directive), which aims to ensure that electronic equipment using radio frequencies on the European market meet health and safety protection requirements.
Brussels, therefore, advocates a harmonization of chargers in the EU, making USB-C the standard port for all ‘smartphones’, ‘tablets’, cameras, headphones, portable speakers and portable video game consoles.
The idea of introducing a common charger to reduce the production of electronic waste has already been defended several times in the EU, namely by the European Parliament, but it has been opposed by technology companies like Apple, which have their own equipment.