The EU has been pushing for a common charger plug for mobile phones for over a decade now, but there’s always been one firm holdout – Apple. Last week the European Parliament made an amendment to a draft law that would make a common charger essential for phones (and other wireless gadgets). This week, Apple issued a response.
Cupertino warns that a common charger will stifle innovation and be troublesome for consumers. To prove its point, Apple commissioned a study, which found that the move to a single standard will incur costs of €1.5 billion, far greater than the predicted €13 million in environmental benefits.
Apple has already partially transitioned to USB-C – the latest iPad Pro and MacBook models use the port exclusively (well, the laptops do also have a 3.5mm jack). And the iPhone 11 Pro duo comes with a USB-C charger, but it needs a C-to-Lightning cable to connect to the phone. So far all rumors of the iPhone gaining a USB-C port have proven false.
Anyway, the European Commission will publish its own study on the impact of a common charger at the end of January or early next month. Currently, the Commission is considering the best way to create legislation for requiring a common charger.
Totally agree and very well said.
They say to prevent waste? Umm wont people toss lighting cables in the garbage when they are no longer usable? Also the cable was always inter-changeable so one could easily use a Samsung charger + Lightning cable anyhow or the other way around... =/...
Exactly. They have quintillions in stock and they needs to sell them before they can move to USB-C. Well EU should force them by law or just stop their progress.