Plugging one's mobile phone could soon be less of a hassle for millions of European consumers after EU countries and lawmakers agreed on June 7 to a single mobile charging port for mobile phones, tablets and cameras in a world first. The change, which will only allow USB Type C connectors, is set to have a major impact on Apple.
In the future, plugging one's mobile phone, tablet or camera could soon be less of a hassle for millions of European consumers after adopting USB Type C as the single mobile charging port.
Alex Agius Salib, Member of the EU Parliament: “European consumers were frustrated with multiple chargers piling up within their homes. Now they will be able to use a single charger for all portable electronics.”
Thierry Breton, EU Commissioner for Internal Market: “These new rules will save more than 1,000 tons of electronic waste per year. Can you imagine? Just one regulation, and it would also allow an additional reduction of almost 200 kilos of CO2, which is an equivalent of 10 million smartphones and 2,600 tons of raw materials.”
However, this will have a major impact on Apple as it will have to change before 2024 to smoothen the sales channels in Europe.
Alex Agius Saliba, Member of the EU Parliament: “All of the category of products falling under the scope, including, yes, Apple iPhones. In two years time, if Apple wants to market their products, sell their products within our internal market, they have to abide by our rules.”
Currently, Apple uses the Lightning connector on iPhones, while recent Android-based devices use the USB Type C connectors. In the past 10 years, iPhone and Android users often complained about having to switch to different chargers for their devices, which was very troublesome and wasteful. Therefore Brussels started pushing for a single mobile charging port. Apple, on the other hand, has warned the proposal would hurt innovation.
未來，數百萬歐盟消費者在為手機、平板電腦以及數位相機等充電時，不再會是個麻煩事，因為接頭將會統一為USB Type C。