EU takes a step forward to force Apple to switch iPhone, iPad and AirPods to USB-C Listen to this article

This week, members of the European Parliament voted overwhelmingly in favor of legislation that would force Apple to offer USB-C ports on all iPhones, iPads and AirPods in Europe.

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The proposal, known as the Directive, would force all consumer electronics manufacturers selling devices in Europe to ensure that all new phones, tablets, laptops, digital cameras, headsets, handheld video game consoles and portable speakers have USB- C port. regardless of manufacturer. The discount will only apply to devices that are too small to offer a USB-C port, such as smart watches, health trackers and some sports equipment. This “common port” will be the first in the world and will particularly shock Apple, as it widely uses the Lightning connector instead of USB-C in many of its devices.

The Committee on Internal Markets and Consumer Protection voted in favor of the law on Wednesday, with 43 votes in favor and only two against. one in Press releaseThe MEPs claimed that the move would reduce e-waste, reveal the sustainability of the product and make it more convenient to use different devices.

MEPs also expressed a desire to see clear information and labeling on the new devices regarding their charging options, as well as whether the product includes a charger. He says this will help avoid confusion and make buying decisions easier for consumers who have multiple devices and don’t always need an extra charger. Apple removed the charger from all new iPhone models starting with the iPhone 12 in 2020.

In addition, MEPs want the European Commission to come up with a strategy to ensure interoperability between wireless charging solutions by 2026, to avoid fragmentation and reduce waste, ensure user convenience and prevent consumers from getting locked into charging solutions. Patented. It is unclear whether this will include Apple’s MagSafe charging system for iPhone and AirPods, as it is based on the Qi wireless charging standard.

In 2018, the European Commission tried to reach a final solution on the issue, but it failed to become law. At the time, Apple warned that forcing an industry-common charging port would stifle innovation and create e-waste as consumers were forced to switch to new cables. The EU effort led last year with the European Commission in an updated version of the Directive. To implement it, the European Parliament would have to approve the bill next month, before talking to individual EU member states about the final directive.