The European Parliament approved on Tuesday new rules that will introduce a single charging port for mobile phones, tablets and cameras in the European Union by 2024. This is the first decision in the world, which is expected to affect iPhone maker Apple more than competitors.
The vote confirms an earlier agreement between EU institutions and will make the USB Type-C connectors used by Android devices an EU standard, forcing Apple to change the charging port for iPhone models and other devices.
Among major electronics suppliers to European customers, Apple is expected to be among the hardest hit, but analysts also expect a possible positive impact as it could encourage buyers to buy the company’s latest gadgets instead of non-USB Type-C devices.
The deal also covers e-readers, headphones and other technologies, meaning it could also impact Samsung, Huawei and other device makers, analysts said.
Apple, Samsung and Huawei were not immediately available for comment.
Apple has warned in the past that the proposal would hurt innovation and create mountains of e-waste.
EU legislators supported the reform by an overwhelming majority: 602 votes in favor and only 13 against.
This change has been discussed for years and was prompted by complaints from iPhone and Android users about having to switch to different chargers for their devices.
The European Commission estimates that a single charger will save consumers about 250 million euros (roughly Rs. 2016 crore).
Half of chargers sold with mobile phones in 2018 had a USB micro-USB connector, while 29 percent had a USB Type-C connector and 21 percent had a Lightning connector, which is used by Apple, a 2019 Commission study found.
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