Bad week for Apple Computer Inc. and its iPhone development team as it was announced on Monday that the USB Type-C port will become the common charging port for all mobile phones, tablets and cameras in the European Union ( EU) by autumn 2024.
“Today we have made the common charger a reality in Europe,” said Alex Agius Saliba, Maltese politician and Member of the European Parliament. “European consumers have long been frustrated with the multiple chargers piling up with each new device. From now on, they will be able to use a single charger for all their portable electronic devices. »
“We are proud that laptops, e-readers, headphones, keyboards, computer mice and portable navigation devices are also included, in addition to smartphones, tablets, digital cameras, headphones and headsets, portable video game consoles and portable speakers. »
“We have also added provisions on wireless charging which is the next evolution in charging technology and on improved information and labeling for consumers. »
In a press release, the EU said the law was part of a wider EU effort to make EU products more sustainable, reduce e-waste and make life easier for consumers. .
The standardization movement began two years ago when the European Commission, the independent executive body of the EU, announced its intention to establish a “one-stop charging solution”.
Apple, whose iPhones use the Lightning connector for charging purposes, immediately complained in a statement, but to no avail.
The company is now in a position where it has no choice but to ship iPhones that support USB Type-C to at least 30 European countries. Currently, users who want to connect iPhones to a USB Type-C cable must purchase an external adapter.
According to the EU, the new obligations will “lead to greater reuse of chargers and help consumers save up to €250 million (approximately C$336 million) per year on unnecessary charger purchases.” Discarded and unused chargers are estimated to account for approximately 11,000 tons of e-waste per year.
For more details, the original article (in English) is available on the site IT World Canadaa sister publication of Informatic direction.
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French translation and adaptation by Renaud Larue-Langlois
Tags: Apple, Europe, standardization, charging port, USB-C