The European Commission recently announced that they are proposing USB-C charging ports for all smartphones – including iPhones.
A common charger port for all devices? This statement has probably become one of Apple’s nightmares, and they have a concern about this mandate.
With the European Parliament agreeing to the common charger proposal last year, device manufacturers have 24 months to stick to this rule.
A requirement is also added to unify fast-charging standards based on the revised Radio Equipment directive. In addition, customers can buy new devices without a charger and should be given a clear guideline about the charging standards their device supports.
The proposal was pushed because “European consumers were frustrated long enough about incompatible chargers piling up in their drawers,” according to Margrethe Vestager’s statement. She is the European Commission’s executive vice president.
Vestager also added, “We gave industry plenty of time to come up with their own solutions, now time is ripe for legislative action for a common charger.”
With this requirement from the EU, an Apple spokesperson said that “We remain concerned that strict regulation mandating just one type of connector stifles innovation rather than encouraging it, which in turn will harm consumers in Europe and around the world.”
Although Apple’s iPhone 13 that was just recently released, still uses its proprietary charging port, we can already see that they have already started transitioning to USB-C. Some popular devices with USB-C ports include their latest devices with M1 chips, including the 2020 versions of their iPad Pro, Macbook Air, and Macbook Pro.
Are you in favor of this new requirement from the EU? Do you want all devices to have a USB-C port as well? Let us know in the comments section.
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Michael Mentas says
I absolutely do not agree of transitioning to the USB-C port for my iPhone device. I think that the EU should pass a requirement for all other to bargain with Apple to change all their device’s accepting a Lighting port! That has always been my favorite port.
Micky Dasenbrock says
Just a step closer to a global government
You know it…its all by design
Larry Eversmeyer says
Dorothy Kolb says
I can not afford to keep buying new iPhones and I would want the new one to come with a charging cord . I don’t understand why they started making the usb c cords what they need to do is make the cords stronger. And make the batteries keep a charge longer. Don’t you think you made enough money already please help the people who can’t afford to get a new Apple product every time it comes out. People like me
Donald Shillinglaw says
Tom Williams says
No, I like Apples lighting connectors as they are. Apple should continue to follow their own development path and not let others dictate the future development of products.
Sandra D. Scaglione says
No. There are always too many changes to keep up with!
Yes universal please for way too many reasons!
Mike Schuttler says
We prefer the charging PADS for our phones and iWatch. I’d love one for my iPad although it might be difficult with the size and leather cover.
John Kese says
Everyone loves simplicity and standards are sold as way to get there, but there’s a very heavy price to pay., ( if done under government rules . )
Remember ATT when it was a phone monopoly, everything was standard ….
one plug,… giving up on that idea ended up where we are today with more than 50 plugs to get here. So it is with everything. Personally, in the trade-off I take the chaos.
(An iPhone is better than a princess phone…a big consumer innovation by MA BELL. )
Lynn Friedman says
I’m in favor of having a common charger for all devices.
No, I’m not in favor of a forced mandate to make all chargers the same. I agree it will stifle innovation. I writing this as I must travel with 4 different chargers. One for my iPhone, one for my Apple Watch, one for my Kindle, and one for my earbuds.
Yes. Sick on new chargers and feature then the need to purchase all new listening devices as wel. Speaker head phones etc
Karen Nelson says
I’m with the commenter above, some chaos over monopoly.
Richard Lowe says
I would prefer ALL rechargeable devices be made with a single type charging jack, which would eliminate the mass confusion when try to charge all my portable electronic equipment!
Apple should have a universal charger for ALL of its products. The other “smart” devices companies should have ONE UNIVERSAL CHARGER also. So far Apple is the only one that comes close (phone, iPad, etc w/one “cord”. Let the other companies get together a make one as well. Every time my husband gets a new phone, he has to get a new charger (even when it’s with same manufacturer), so understand frustration with multiple chargers. Love the Lightning charger!
I’m with you Pam. Actually the only issue I have with the lack of uniformity is with Amazon. The new Kindle Fire doesn’t use the same interface as the old Fire.. A single brand should continue to use their former charger so that upgraders can continue to use their former equipment. If I’m traveling with my devices, I’m going to want to charge them all simultaneously, so Ill be bringing multiple chargers anyway.
If they’re going to require a single universal charger, make it the lightening charger or similar. I have a 50/50 chance of inserting a USB-C the right way and I’m almost always getting it wrong! Make the charger, whatever it is, so either side works.
Margaret Koenig says
It seems to make sense. It would be great if the world also chose one plug for other electrical devises too, but that’s hoping for too much.