The iPhones sold by Apple are known for employing proprietary connectors and ports, which are electrical components that are compatible with only other Apple products.
With the new legislation pushed through the European Parliament, the USB-C ports used by Android-based smartphones will become the norm throughout the 27-nation bloc, forcing Apple to redesign its iPhone charging port.
This change is the result of a previously agreed upon accord between EU institutions, which was confirmed on Tuesday when MEPs voted on the reform of telephone technology, the first of its type anywhere in the world.
In less than two years from now, in 2024, most electronic gadgets sold in the European Union (EU) will be required to only have a single charging port, meaning Apple will need to make changes to the chargers for its iPhones if they want to comply with the new regulations.However, under this recent proposal put up by the European Union, Apple may soon be compelled to abandon its patented Lightning cords and ports in favor of the open-source global standard USB-C ports. This would put an end to the current state of affairs.
According to the proposal put out by the European Commission, which serves as the executive branch of the European Union (EU), "USB-C will be the universal port for all cellphones, laptops, cameras, headphones, portable speakers, and handheld video game consoles." In addition, "the Commission intends to delist the marketing of chargers out from electronic gadget sales gadgets," which means that they would sell the chargers separately.Electronics manufacturers would have a period of two years to comply with the regulation if it were to be approved by the European Parliament & the Council.
The Lightning cables and ports continue to be the standard for Apple's iPhones, despite the fact that the firm has begun using USB-C ports for several of its products during the past few years. These products include laptops and tablets.
According to the EU Commission, standardization is being done for two reasons: the first is to "increase the convenience of customers," and the second is to "lower the environmental imprint."
Legislators in the European Union say that the restrictions would result in less waste since consumers would not be required to purchase a new charger each time they buy a new gadget. The European Union says that this will lead to fewer new chargers being made and fewer of them being thrown away.
In the event that the bill is enacted into law, users would, in principle, be able to use a charger made by Samsung that is compatible with USB Type-C to power their compatible iPhone.
Apple stated in a statement that it accepted the proposal of the Commission in terms of the aims it aimed to accomplish, but that it did not agree with the technique.
"We appreciate the European Commission's approach to conserving the environment." "We continue to be worried that stringent legislation that mandates only one type of connection stifles creativity rather than fostering it, which will, in turn, cause harm to European consumers and throughout the world"the organizationresponded.
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