EU is mandating USB-C on all smartphones. Apple is not Happy
USB-C for All.
The European Union wants every smartphone to have a one common USB-C charging port for mobile phones, tablets and headphones.
And I feel it is a great move. This move under the European Commission proposal is set to come into effect by year 2024, as the move gives a 24-month transition period and was 10 Years in making.
The European commission also says this move has environmental benefits and €250 million in annual savings for users.
Now, all your devices will have a common USB-C port. How cool is that? But, Apple, the company behind iPhone and iPad is not happy with this decision of EU.
Yeah, why would they be. This affects their profits and whole lightning post accessories ecosystem.
Apple has pushed back against the proposal.
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,
Apple said in a statement,
But the thing is, their super-popular iPad uses USB-C, while the iPhone (including the latest iPhone 13) is stuck with the Lightning port.
Android ecosystem has mostly shifted to USB-C ports. The Nintendo Switch gaming console and even the Apple iPad supports the USB-C port.
“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 the 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”.
Said European Commission Executive Vice President Margrethe Vestager said in a statement:
You can see the full proposal by European Commission website, along with separate FAQ section
The proposal needs the green light from EU member states and EU lawmakers to become the law, following which companies will have two years to adapt their devices.
If this becomes a law, it may have some big impacts on the tech market. Especially Apple. Maybe Apple will move to no-port, wireless charging devices altogether
Either way, let us all hope for a better, more USB-C. Where long-lasting US_c cables are a norm.