EU Agrees on Single Mobile Charging Port 歐盟討論統一充電介面 Lightning恐成歷史

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。

歐洲議會議員艾力克斯薩里巴:「歐洲消費者昔日對家中堆積如山的充電線感到沮喪,現在他們將得以為所使用的可攜式電子裝置使用單一充電接孔。」

歐盟執委會內部市場執委提爾里布萊頓:「這些新規定可以每年省下,超過1000噸的電子廢棄物,你能想像嗎?只是一個規定,便能額外減少近200公斤的二氧化碳,這相當於100萬支手機以及2600噸的原料。」

不過這對蘋果公司將有不小的衝擊,它們不得不在2024年前,為了能在歐洲銷售通路順暢而修改。

歐洲議會議員艾力克斯薩里巴:「所有產品類別都適用,包括蘋果iPhone手機,兩年的時間,如果蘋果公司想在我們的內部市場銷售他們的手機,就必須遵守我們的規則。」

iPhone充電頭規格為Lightning充電線,安卓使用USB-C充電頭,歐盟新規則上路,若要在歐洲銷售,得通通改掉。過去十多年來,iPhone及安卓手機用戶抱怨跨品牌產品無法相容使用,要充電就得換線,相當麻煩而且浪費資源,布魯塞爾當局於是開始推動規格統一。蘋果曾表示,立法規定統一充電規格是扼殺創新。
 

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