A few days ago, the EU again proposed legislation that aims to oblige all mobile phone manufacturers to use the same standard for power supplies by making them interchangeable, in order to thus reduce electronic waste.
Apple is the only one among the various manufacturers to use a proprietary attack, Lightning, instead of the USB-C which is now becoming standard (connector used in any case on iPad Pro).
Commission vice-president Ra Thun und Hohenstein said: The European Commission must show its leadership and stop letting technology giants set their standards for us. If digital sovereignty means something to this new commission, we expect standards for a common charger to be set within the next six months. The Polish MEP of the European People's Party therefore asked the Commission a question on the matter.
The introduction of a single charger for all products (not only smartphones, digital readers, but also wearables such as digital bracelets) would reduce electronic waste according to the EU, lower the cost of products and improve the safety and interoperability of chargers.
The Sun reports an Apple spokesman said the EU proposal would create an unprecedented volume of electronic waste. "The legislation would have a direct negative impact bringing confusion among users of hundreds of millions of active devices and accessories from our European customers and even more among Apple customers around the world, creating unprecedented volumes of electronic waste, greatly annoying "users.
"Before 2009," continues the Apple spokesman, "the Commission has considered making the use of USB Micro-B connectors mandatory for all smartphones, an element that would have limited the progress of Lightning and USB Type-C." And again: "On the contrary, the Commission has established a voluntary approach that has seen the market go from 30 different types of chargers to 3, and which will soon become 2, Lightning and USB-C, highlighting the functioning of this approach" . Apple further explained that the industry in the sector is already moving towards USB-C in any case and therefore it is not necessary to establish a regulatory precedent.
EU lawmakers had asked for the development of a single charger in 2014. The European Commission has so far preferred a voluntary approach that encouraged phone manufacturers to cooperate voluntarily.