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EU Demands Same Charging Pins For All Mobile Phones

The European Commission of the European Union has proposed a new law that would force all technology companies to develop identical/same charging pins for mobile phones and small electronic devices.

According to a BBC report, the aim is to reduce ‘technology waste’ by encouraging consumers to reuse existing chargers when buying a new device.

The proposal states that all smartphones sold in the EU should have USB-C chargers.

However, Apple has warned that such a move would harm innovation.

Note that the tech giant manufactures smartphones using a custom charging port because its iPhone series uses Apple’s ‘Lightning’ connector.

The firm told the BBC: “We are concerned that the stricter regulation prevents innovation rather than mandating only one type of connector, which will hurt consumers in Europe and around the world.”

“We are concerned that the stricter regulation prevents innovation rather than mandating only one type of connector, which will hurt consumers in Europe and around the world,” the company said.

Apple added that the company aims to make every Apple device and its use carbon neutral by 2030.

Keep in mind that most Android phones have USB Micro-B charging ports or many devices have moved to a more advanced USB-C standard.

Newer iPad and MacBook models use USB-C charging ports like other Android manufacturers like Samsung and Huawei.

Also read: Interesting post on Samsung not giving charger in iPhone 12

According to a study, about half of the chargers sold with mobile phones in the EU in 2018 had USB micro-B connectors, while 29% had USBBC connectors and 21% had Lightning connectors.

According to the law proposed by the European Union, it will apply to smartphones, tablets, cameras, headphones, portable speakers, handheld video game consoles.

However, Airbuds, Smart Watches and Fitness Tracker were not included in the proposal due to their size and technical reasons for use.

The proposal also standardizes high-speed charging speeds, meaning high-speed charging devices will be charged at the same speed.

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