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Goodbye to Apple’s lightning! The European Parliament approved the use of the universal USB-C charger

Goodbye to Apple's lightning! The European Parliament approved the use of the universal USB-C charger
European Union countries and European Parliament negotiators announced an agreement on Tuesday to adopt a universal charger for smartphones, tablets and wearable devices by the fall of 2024, in a major setback for Apple.
European Union countries and European Parliament negotiators announced an agreement on Tuesday to adopt a universal charger for smartphones, tablets and wearable devices by the fall of 2024, in a major setback for Apple.

The Committee for the Protection of the Market and Consumers (IMCO) of the European Parliament announced this Tuesday that have reached an agreement to impose the use of a single and universal charger for smartphones, tablets and portable devices in the 27 nations that make up the European Union.

The new measure that considers the use of a USB port-C for such devices will take effect no later than fall 2024. Its objective is to limit the toxic waste generated by the use of thousands of cables, as well as to defend the rights of consumers who have been forced to buy various devices of this type for their electronic devices.

In a press release, the European Parliament assured that the project is part of a broader effort by the European Union to make its products more sustainablereduce electronic waste and make life easier for consumers.

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Consumers will no longer need a different device and charging cable every time they buy a new device. and they will be able to use one charger for all their small and medium portable electronic devices,” the statement read.

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The IMCO of the European Parliament approved the use of a single and universal charger in the European Union.  (Photo: Twitter / @EP_SingleMarket)
The IMCO of the European Parliament approved the use of a single and universal charger in the European Union. (Photo: Twitter / @EP_SingleMarket)

Regarding the loading speed, the European dependency pointed out that will be harmonized for devices that support itwhich will allow users to charge their devices just as fast with any charger.

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Additionally, it was detailed that consumers will receive clear information about the charging characteristics of the devices they purchasewhich will make it easier for them to know if their chargers are compatible.

In accordance with Servimediathe new regulation of the European Parliament will lead to greater reuse of chargers and help consumers save up to €250 million a year on unnecessary purchases of charging cables. Likewise, it is estimated that discarded and unused chargers represent approximately 11 thousand tons of electronic waste per year in the bloc.

(Photo: Christin Klose/dpa)
(Photo: Christin Klose/dpa)

The regulations that are expected to be mandatory during the fall of 2024 It will affect at least 15 devices, among which the products of the technology titan stand out: Apple. However, tablets, digital cameras, portable speakers, portable consoles, headphones and e-book readers will also have to comply with the measure.

It is worth mentioning that the Committee for the Protection of the Market and Consumers (IMCO) of the European Parliament had put the chargers debate on the table since 2014year in which it was proposed to limit the 30 existing chargers to mainly three.

At the beginning of 2020, the European Parliament voted to consider a single connector for cell phones, which from the beginning was outlined to be the USB-C. This will be the universal charging cable for multiple devices, except for those that are too small to integrate.

Apple has resisted the measure of imposing a single and universal charger in the European Union (Photo: Apple Inc./Handout via REUTERS)
Apple has resisted the measure of imposing a single and universal charger in the European Union (Photo: Apple Inc./Handout via REUTERS)

While the European Parliament’s arguments for allowing a single universal charger for electronic devices are supported in the care of the environment and the consumerthe news has not been well received by tech titans like Manzana.

Since the issue was brought to the European Parliament, the company founded by Steve Jobs has been adamantly opposedsince for years they have defended the use of their lightning connector and refuse to change it.

For his part, the European Commissioner for Industry, Thierry Breton, celebrated the agreement of the Committee for the Protection of the Market and Consumers (IMCO) and mentioned through his official account Twitter that the only interest that has prevailed in said measure is that of the European Union.

“We have a sale on the #CommonCharger! More savings for EU consumers and less waste for the planet: 1) mobile phones, tablets, cameras… will have #USBtypeC 2) harmonized fast charging technology 3) unbundling of charger sales The general interest of the EU has prevailed!”, Thierry Breton wrote on his official Twitter account. Twitter.

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