In recent years, the EU has been working round the clock to event ways to encourage phone manufacturers to adopt a unified usage of the USB C charging port.
This struggle was initiated as far back as 2018, but began more than 10 years ago.
But sadly, the goal is not achived after 3years of institution.
The major kicker against this implementation is the American known smartphone maker, Apple.
Apple is kicking against the move for a unified USB C usage by all phone makers on the basis that, the move will alter innovations from smartphone makers.
But on this basis of innovation, the EU has rejected Apple’s plea, and has gone ahead to reaffirm its push for every smartphone maker to make use of the same charging port.
Also, It’s important to note that, the reason the European Union is pushing for a unified charging port is to reduce e-waste and consumers discomfort due to the use of different charging outlets.
Currently there are three major charging ports which are: USB B, USB C and lightning port.
Also, majority android smartphone makers are slowly migrating their smartphone lineups to the USB C charging port.
Even Apple has most of its devices on the USB C port charging system, but has been adamant in switching its IPhone lineup to the USB C.
Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice-President for a Europe fit for the Digital Age, said:
“European consumers were frustrated long enough about incompatible chargers piling up in their drawers. We gave industry plenty of time to come up with their own solutions, now time is ripe for legislative action for a common charger. This is an important win for our consumers and environment and in line with our green and digital ambitions.”
Commissioner Thierry Breton, responsible for the Internal Market, said:
“Chargers power all our most essential electronic devices. With more and more devices, more and more chargers are sold that are not interchangeable or not necessary. We are putting an end to that. With our proposal, European consumers will be able to use a single charger for all their portable electronics – an important step to increase convenience and reduce waste.”
EU response to Apple claims on innovation as the basis for kicking against USB C adoption.
Responding to Apple’s claim that the unified use of USB C will stifle innovative strides from smartphone makers, a MEP spokesperson Cavazzini had this to say
“I don’t see it,” she said. “The proposal states that if a new standard emerges that is better than USB-C, we can adapt the rules.”
But it is left to be seen what Apple will come up with next as to why it cannot adopt the unified USB C protocol for its iPhone series, even when it’s other devices like iPads uses the USB C charging port.