European Union confirms USB Type-C and harmonizes fast charging technology

by admin, Tuesday, 7 June 2022 (2 months ago)

This afternoon, negotiators from the European Parliament and the 27 Member States of the European Union agreed that mobile phones and other electronic devices in the EU will adopt standard charging equipment from 2024. “By autumn 2024, USB Type-C will be “the universal charging port for all mobile phones, tablets and cameras in the EU,” the European Parliament said in a statement.

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Among the new regulations, the iPhone is most affected. This is due to the fact that currently all Android smartphones basically have USB Type-C. However, Apple insists on using the Lightning charger on its iPhones. However, things will obviously change soon. The launch of the new regulations will also further promote the replacement of the Type-C interface with greater popularity and performance on the iPhone. According to the current programming time, the iPhone 16 should use the USB Type-C interface in Europe. However, the company could decide to use USB Type-C on the iPhone sooner.

It is also worth noting that in addition to the charging port, the European Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee announced other content of the agreement through social platforms. It shows that the local area also needs to integrate fast charging technology. In addition, it will promote the separation of charger sales and equipment sales.

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Looking at Apple’s current scenario, only the last point is in favor of the company. Apple already sells its smartphones and chargers separately. Thus, it already complies. However, Apple lags far behind in fast charging technology. This new requirement will likely force Apple to increase its fast charging capacity.

Do you think Apple can safely improve on these two?

Goodbye iPhone Lightning Connector! The EU is reaching a consensus

The European Union’s Internal Market and Consumer Committee (IMCO) told the social platform that lawmakers had reached an agreement on a unified billing interface. It’s a bit strange that the official start time of this meeting is at 18:30 Beijing time, but IMCO announced it in advance.

As mentioned earlier, Apple will hit hard with these changes. However, the European Union claims that these measures are aimed at reducing the flood of chargers, reducing e-waste and contributing to a circular green economy.

Undoubtedly, this decision has the biggest impact on Apple, which is currently the only manufacturer that does not use USB Type-C charging ports on mobile phones. Apple sold 241 million iPhones last year, of which 56 million were absorbed by the European market.

In fact, analysts, including Ming-Chi Kuo, have predicted that Apple will switch to the USB Type-C interface for the iPhone next year. In addition, the popular analyst also believes that Apple will increase the level of fast charging and data transfer rates.

The European Union has been dealing with this issue for years

Finally, after many years of controversy, EU countries and lawmakers approved the use of a “single charging port”. In fact, the EU move has been on hold for more than 10 years, but was not formally tabled in the bill until last September. The European Commission said the move would not only be good for the environment, but would also save users around € 250 million ($ 293 million) a year.

According to the proposal of the European Commission, USB Type-C will become the standard interface for all smartphones, tablets, cameras, headphones, portable speakers and portable video game consoles. In addition, the chargers will be sold separately from the electronic devices.

IPhone and Android users have long complained that they have to use different chargers for their phones. It’s quite inconvenient as many users have iPhones and Android phones. No matter how good your Type-C charger is, if you get an iPhone, you need to get a new charger. This is more inconvenient for many users.

Anyway, in recent months rumors have been circulating that apple can proceed with its own USB Type-C designs. There are reports that Apple is testing iPhone 15 models with a USB Type-C port. The iPhone 15 will be available in the fall of 2023, while this year’s iPhone 14 will continue to use the Lightning port.

European Union: Our decision does not target Apple

Of the three major changes that the European Union will make in 2024, two are seriously affecting Apple. For this reason, it is easy to believe that the European Union is targeting Apple. However, the Union has made a strong statement on this. The European Commission specifically stressed that the move was not aimed at Apple. Despite a decade of negotiations, the companies have failed to agree on a common solution. According to reports, after negotiations over the last ten years, charging interfaces have been significantly reduced. The Union claims that we now have only 3 charging interfaces from 30 ten years ago.

According to a 2019 study by the European Commission, half of mobile phone chargers in 2018 use a USB Micro-B connector. In addition, 29% use a USB Type-C connector, while 21% have a Lightning connector.

Apple has opposed the proposal. Apple has previously stated: “We remain concerned that allowing only one type of charger will suffocate rather than motivate innovation. “This in turn will hurt consumers in Europe and around the world.”

Thierry Breton, the European Commission’s director of industry, said today: “It will also allow new technologies such as wireless charging to emerge and mature without innovation. It will become a source of market fragmentation and consumer suffering. “

Honestly, Apple’s choice will be to develop wireless charging technology. However, it is very unlikely that Apple will release an iPhone that uses only wireless charging.

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