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For cell phone charging, the EU imposes micro-USB and Apple says yes

Apple says "s" to the pan European standard for mobile phone chargers. Surprisingly, the name of the Cupertino company appears in the list of companies that have signed an agreement with the EU that is trying to harmonize the charging systems, unifying the standard.

The purpose of the EU is to prevent the proliferation of battery chargers renewed today every time you change your mobile phone; by throwing old ones into the garbage, European citizens cause the proliferation of thousands of tons of special waste every year. In practice, in the scenario painted by the Union, once a charger has been purchased, this will work with all mobile phones, even the new ones that we are going to buy, reducing, in addition to the aforementioned disposal costs, also those of purchasing the devices.

Although there is no surprise in the EU decisions, nor in the adoption of the micro-USB, the appearance of Apple in the list of companies that have decided to support the Union's effort is certainly a fact worth mentioning. Currently Cupertino uses in the iPhone, s a USB connector, but which ends with the well-known "plug" dock that is strictly owned. If only the electricity and the data ending in iTunes passed from the dock, its abandonment for micro-Usb would not be a problem, but Apple has historically used the connector to derive profits from the accessory manufacturers who are allowed to build devices compatible only against the payment of royalties.

At the moment, therefore, it is difficult to understand what the future scenario could be. Will Apple place a micro-USB socket next to the dock (difficult given the obsession with the simplification that prevails in One Infinite Loop) or will proceed to some alternative solution such as some authentication chip for compatible devices? Or build a mini dock next to a micro-Usb with an Apple connector that integrates both, so that those who only want to charge will only use the micro-Usb with a standard charger while all the other services will pass from the mini-dock and from a integrated Apple connector? And what about the current dock compatible accessories? Will some adapters be needed or will they eventually become unusable?

For the answer we won't have to wait long. In the plans of Guenter Verheugen, commissioner to industry, the standard that unifies the charging systems should enter into force by 2010 and as manufacturers will adapt, releasing new products that respect the rules of the union. Therefore, it should not be excluded that the next iPhone, which will most likely arrive next summer, can provide some clues on the road that Apple intends to take.