Apple Must Comply With New Phone Charger Order From EU

( A single charging port for mobile phones, tablets, and cameras will be introduced in the European Union by 2024 thanks to new rules approved by the European Parliament on Tuesday. This will be a first in the world and is expected to impact iPhone maker Apple more than its competitors significantly.

The vote ratifies an earlier agreement reached between EU institutions and will make the USB-C connectors used by Android-based gadgets the standard across the EU. As a result, Apple will be required to redesign the charging port used by its iPhones and other electronic devices.

Apple is expected to be among the most affected of the foremost providers of electronic devices to European customers; however, analysts also anticipate the possibility of a positive impact since it may encourage consumers to purchase the most recent products from the company rather than products that do not include USB-C.

The agreement covers e-readers, earbuds, and other technologies, which means that it may also affect Samsung, Huawei, and other manufacturers of electronic devices, according to analysts.

Apple, Samsung, and Huawei did not make their representatives immediately available for comment.

Apple has already expressed concern that the proposal will stifle innovation and generate a mountain of junk electrical equipment.

The legislators of the EU voted in favor of the reform by an overwhelming majority of 602 to 13, with only 13 voting against it.

Complaints from iPhone and Android users about switching to various chargers for their devices were the impetus for the change, which had been discussed for years before it was implemented.

According to an estimate provided by the European Commission, consumers would save around *247.3 million euros (or *250 million euros) if a single charger were used.

According to a study conducted by the Commission in 2019, fifty percent of the chargers marketed in conjunction with mobile phones in 2018 had a Lightning connector, while twenty-nine percent of the chargers had a USB micro-B connector.

*$1 = 1.0106 euros