EU approves single mobile charging port for Apple

The iPhone 12 will be available on June 24, 2021 at the new Apple Store on Broadway in Los Angeles, California, USA. REUTERS / Lucy Nicholson

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Brussels, June 7 (Reuters) – Apple (AAPL.O) The connector for iPhones sold in Europe by 2024 will have to be replaced after EU countries and lawmakers on Tuesday agreed to a single mobile charging port for mobile phones, tablets and cameras worldwide.

The European Commission, a political intervention that claims to make life easier for consumers and save money, came after companies failed to reach a common solution.

Brussels has been trying to create a mobile charging port for more than a decade, with complaints that iPhone and Android users have to switch to different chargers for their devices.

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IPhones are charged from the lightning cable, while Android-based devices use USB-C connectors.

According to a 2019 commission study, half of all chargers sold with mobile phones in 2018 had a USB micro-B connector, 29% a USB-C connector and 21% a Lightning connector.

“By the fall of 2024, USB Type-C will become the common charging board for all mobile phones, tablets and cameras in the EU,” the European Parliament said in a statement.

The deal will save consumers about 250 million euros ($ 267 million), said EU industry leader Thierry Breton.

“This will allow new technologies like wireless charging to emerge and mature without letting innovation be a fragment of the market and a source of consumer inconvenience,” he said.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment, warning that the project would affect innovation and create a mountain of electronic waste.

“We are proud to include laptops, e-readers, earbuds, keyboards, computer mice and portable navigation devices,” said Alex Aziz Saliba, a legislator who led the debate in parliament.

Laptops must comply with the law within 40 months of coming into force. In the future the EU executive will have the power to synchronize wireless charging systems.

The fact that the deal includes e-readers, earbuds and other technologies will affect Samsung. (005930.KS)Huawei (HWT.UL) and other device makers.

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Reported by Fou Yun Sea Editing by Louis Heavens and Mark Potter

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