Eliminate Lightning, EU unified USB-C is expected to reach an agreement by the end of the year

At present, the mobile phone charging holes on the market have different specifications, which are divided into the USB-C interface of the Android camp and the Lightning interface of the Apple camp. Based on environmental motives, the EU intends to force mobile phones and other electronic products to use USB-C charging interfaces, and an agreement may be reached by the end of this year.

MEP Alex Agius Saliba, who is leading the proposal, said he would push the legislation aggressively and hoped for a vote in parliament in May that would allow him to start negotiations with EU countries on a final draft, with the goal of reaching it by the end of the year, Reuters reported. protocol.

In September 2021, the European Commission (European Commission) announced a legal proposal that all smartphones, tablets, and headsets must use USB-C in a unified manner. After the proposal is voted on by the European Parliament, manufacturers will have two years to adjust to comply with the new rules.

According to a study published by the European Commission in 2019, half of the chargers that came with mobile phones on the market in 2018 were USB micro-B specifications, 29% were USB-C, and Apple’s exclusive Lightning accounted for 21%.

Saliba called for the bill to be expanded to include e-readers, ultra-thin power-saving laptops, wireless keyboards, mice, true wireless earphones, smart watches and electronic toys, mandating the full implementation of uniform specifications.

Apple criticized the EU’s plan to adopt USB-C uniformly, which is actually worse for the environment, causing hundreds of millions of Lightning accessories to become garbage.

Well-known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has predicted that if Apple decides to remove Lightning, the iPhone may directly adopt a “non-porous” design that supports MagSafe wireless charging, rather than using the USB-C interface.

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