EU lawmakers are asking smartphone companies to have one charging connector type in all the smartphones. This is especially a message for Apple to have type C port. Those who are still using micro-USB will have to adapt type-C. However, Apple looks in big trouble after this announcement.
EU lawmakers are asking smartphone companies to have one charging connector type in all the smartphones. Those who are still using micro-USB will have to adapt type-C. However, Apple looks in big trouble after this announcement.
In 2009 the EU did something similar. They forced all the smartphone companies to adapt one charging connector for all the phones. It was successfully implemented by all the brands but Apple.
Apple did not agree for such a change, and they introduced an adaptor as a solution. In 2018, the EU again started having discussions over the issue.
The EU said that the use of many charging pins for smartphones is causing harm to the environment, consumers dispose of the old cables when they change the phones. It is not only harmful to nature but also causes a big inconvenience for the buyers.
Apple’s reply to the EU
In reply to this Apple argued that they have already shipped more than 1 billion smartphones with their lightning port, and millions of the EU citizens are using it. A different solution now will affect the environment more and will cause customer inconvenience.
Moreover, the company says that it also stops innovation that may one-day eliminate or decrease the bad environmental effects. Apple is not even in favor of coming up with any adaptors this time. It says that this is very unnecessary and adds to the e-waste.
It will be interesting to see what the EU parliament decides on this. The government does not look in the strongest position after the arguments of the tech giant.
Will Apple Ditch Lightning Port?
In our opinion, a company should have all the right to experiment and bring the latest technologies that improve efficiency, performance of the product as well as brings a solution in terms of e-waste. Intentions of the EU are very good and we do not deny their concern at all.
Rather than pushing companies to bring one connector solution for all the phones. However, the government should also force companies to recycle all the E-waste to use them for their next-gen products.
Companies can offer some small amount of discounts or even cash to the customers in exchange for old chargers and cables when they change their phones.