That Europe intends to adopt a single charger for smartphones is not new. And this week one more chapter of this crusade would officially open. According to ., on Thursday the European Commission will present a legislative proposal to achieve the adoption of a universal charging medium for multiple devices; mobiles, tablets and headphones are specifically mentioned.
In this way, a subject that has already made many rounds in recent years will be addressed again. At the end of 2013, it was said that Europe would have a universal charger in 2017, but it did not materialize. And at the beginning of 2020, the discussion was rekindled, with a vote broadly in favor of adopting a standard, which had to be ratified by the Commission.
Taking into consideration how the pandemic disrupted all aspects of life globally, it is logical that the issue has been up in the air again. Thus Not surprisingly, European legislators are back in the ring with a single charger initiative that maintains points in common with those of the past.
According to the report, the European Commission intends that devices such as smartphones, headphones and tablets use the same charging port, and that the single charger is sold separately. The justification again points to reducing the environmental impact, as well as the practicality of using a single accessory to charge all the gadgets.
The single charger project would put Apple in an awkward position again
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If what . reports is accurate and on Thursday the European Commission bill for a single charger enters, Apple will again be at the center of the dispute. Let us remember that the Cupertino firm is the only one among the most important in the world that still does not use a USB-C port on its phones. While the transition to the USB-C port has begun on the iPad Pro, Air and Mini, the iPhone still uses the Lightning connector.
The rest of the industry has been adopting USB-C as a kind of implicit standard for some years now. It is true that not all mobile phone manufacturers have definitely turned to this port; However, in the middle of 2021 it is less and less frequent to find devices with a micro USB.
We’ll see if this time the proposal for a single charger for smartphones, tablets and headphones in Europe works. We will be attentive to the news.