Brussels tries to ban Apple phone chargers Business

Rival Android-based devices are charged using USB-C connectors. Half of chargers sold with cellphones in the EU in 2018 had a micro-B USB connector, while 29% had a USB-C connector and 21% a Lightning connector, according to a 2019 Commission study.

Apple said rules requiring connectors to conform to a certain type would stifle innovation, create a mountain of electrical waste and annoy consumers.

The legislation is also expected to discourage manufacturers from selling chargers with every new smartphone, with the aim of further reducing waste. Customers are expected to have the choice of continuing to use their old chargers.

It is estimated that the law could reduce electronic waste by 980 tonnes per year.

The legislative proposal is the first step towards transforming the requirement into EU law. Once it is proposed by the committee, the European Parliament and EU governments will debate their plans.

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This notice was published: 2021-09-21 19:50:54

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