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    Wednesday, September 22, 2021

    EU Plans to Legislate for Common Phone Charger Despite Apple

    The European Commission will on Thursday present a legislative proposal for a common charger for mobile phones, tablets, and headphones, a person familiar with the matter said - a move likely to affect iPhone maker Apple more than its rivals.

    The European Union executive and EU lawmakers have been pushing for a common charger for over a decade, saying it would be better for the environment and more convenient for users.

    The Commission wants the sale of chargers to be decoupled from devices, and also propose a harmonised charging port, the person said.

    Apple, whose iPhone handsets are charged from its Lightning cable, has said rules forcing connectors to conform to one type could deter innovation, create a mountain of electronic waste, and irk consumers.

    Rival Android-based devices are charged using USB-C connectors. Half the chargers sold with mobile phones in 2018 had a USB micro-B connector, while 29 percent had a USB-C connector and 21 percent a Lightning connector, according to a 2019 Commission study. - Reuters

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