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The European Union unveiled plans on Thursday to make USB-C connectors the standard charging port for all electronic devices sold across the bloc — an initiative it says will reduce environmental waste but that is likely to hit Apple the hardest. https://t.co/c7YdwDDaqQ— NYT Business (@nytimesbusiness) September 23, 2021
I’m still quite annoyed that the iPhone 13 STILL uses Lightning, even the fucking ‘Pro’ version.— Matt Collins (@Mattophobia) September 23, 2021
I only charge wirelessly, so it’s not a big deal to me but like, they use USB on fucking everything else so why not the damn iPhone, at least the PRO. https://t.co/9NLOUvhGjh
Are your chargers piling up in a drawer?— European Commission ?? (@EU_Commission) September 23, 2021
We propose a common charger for mobile phones and other similar electronic devices.
A single charger will be more convenient for people and will reduce electronic waste.
Read more: https://t.co/hkspfjwlhu #DigitalEU pic.twitter.com/ZhWZ8xSGKH
Is it? What happens if a successor connector comes along, perhaps something contactless or port-less, and manufacturers are slow / unwilling to adopt because they need to comply with this ruling?— Yuu™ ?? (@yuusharo) September 23, 2021
What if a device needs power delivery beyond what USB-C can provide?
USB-C is a port that supports like 20 different protocols. Like if you plugged your iPad Pro charger into a Nintendo Switch you'd fry it. This proposal doesn't even fix that— Cullen (@cullend) September 23, 2021
With more and more devices, more and more chargers are sold that are not interchangeable or not necessary.— European Commission ?? (@EU_Commission) September 23, 2021
We are putting an end to that.
With our proposal, you will be able to use a single charger for all these types of portable electronics ↓#DigitalEU pic.twitter.com/EtFvY2Xyrh
What's interesting is that the commission's proposals don't leave it up to manufacturers to decide. Its press release literally specifies that the port needs to be "USB-C"— jon.porter (@JonPorty) September 23, 2021
As much as I really wish the iPhone were USB-C, this seems like a very bad idea. We all hate the next port until we have it, then we prefer it.— parker (@pt) September 23, 2021
And Apple stopped selling chargers with its phones last year - you just get the phone and a charging cable. (USB-C to Lightning, which I recall upset some folk here without a USB-C charger. But USB-A to Lightning charger + port still works.)— Charles Arthur (@charlesarthur) September 23, 2021
Why stop at phones when it comes to USB-C? Why not just replace all connectors with it? Calling Tesla…— Steven Sinofsky – stevesi.eth (@stevesi) September 23, 2021
Also have they even tried to buy the right type of usb-c cable and been successful?
Good grief EU!@&€¥*%
He says plans will save consumers money & reduce waste— Jessica Parker (@MarkerJParker) September 23, 2021
Proposal is to harmonize devices so they can all take USB-C
“With today's proposal […], the charging port and fast charging technology will be harmonised: USB-C will become the standard port for all smartphones, tablets, cameras, headphones, portable speakers and handheld videogame consoles."— Steve Troughton-Smith (@stroughtonsmith) September 23, 2021
AirPods too, then?
i’m all for standardizing charging cables, but does the EU realize that even within USB-C there are wild differences from cable to cable?— dan seifert (@dcseifert) September 23, 2021
a USB-C cable may or may not support any of the following:
*High wattages (100W)
*Fast data speeds
The EU Proposes Mandatory USB-C on all devices, including iPhones— Marques Brownlee (@MKBHD) September 23, 2021
…but this covers only devices using wired, not wireless chargers. And companies have 2 years to comply
That’s just enough time for Apple to completely drop the port and go all Magsafe ?https://t.co/B4YGIYVyGS pic.twitter.com/lTKcN3Dim6
Mandating USB-C for phone charging sockets is going to create a fabulous market for little dongles that convert from a USB-C plug to a whateveryourphonetakes plug. I’d imagine Apple will make and sell one.— Charles Arthur (@charlesarthur) September 23, 2021
Also, where’s the evidence of e-waste caused by the variance?
The worst thing about mandating a port type is that it will just encourage phone makers to get rid of ports altogether, which for repairability and usability, is frankly worse.— Christina Warren (@film_girl) September 23, 2021
Apple's response:— Joshua Swingle (@JoshuaSwingle) September 23, 2021
"We remain concerned that strict regulation mandating just one type of connector stifles innovation rather than encouraging it, which in turn will harm consumers in Europe and around the world."https://t.co/1fszSLB520 https://t.co/In5WX74KUr
And yes, this is the device end, not the charging brick end. Though the commission ALSO wants charging bricks to use a common standard (a much easier task given they basically all use USB-A or USB-C at this point). But that proposal will come later— jon.porter (@JonPorty) September 23, 2021
it's worth noting that the EU's proposals only cover wired chargers, and not wireless ones. Apple could move to an iPhone without ports, as has long been rumored, and I don't *think* they'll be forced to implement USB-C on top— Tom Warren (@tomwarren) September 23, 2021
Devices could have *other* ports, as well as USB-C, but a USB-C would be mandatory for e.g. phones, tablets, headphones, digital cameras, portable speakers & handheld video consoles - under the proposals— Jessica Parker (@MarkerJParker) September 23, 2021
It's unclear to me at this point where this leaves the rumors of a portless iPhone that relies solely on wireless charging. Would Apple be breaking the rules by not including USB-C? Or would it be ok given it's not including a charging port at all?— jon.porter (@JonPorty) September 23, 2021
“Sorry, wrong charger" ?— Thierry Breton (@ThierryBreton) September 23, 2021
This sentence will soon only evoke bad memories!
Smartphones, tablets, portable gaming consoles, headphones... will all be equipped with the same USB port.
A #CommonCharger means :
? Savings for the consumer
?Waste & CO2 reduction pic.twitter.com/LmnIQUtp8W
? A harmonised charging port (USB-C)— European Commission ?? (@EU_Commission) September 23, 2021
⚡ Harmonised fast charging technology
? Possibility to buy a new device without charger
ℹ️ More info on device packaging to see if the charger you have at home is suitable
More about what we propose: https://t.co/OZGfAzUK1P #DigitalEU pic.twitter.com/oVqpBHNLSA
BREAKING: the EU is planning to force Apple and other smartphone makers to use USB-C ports. "USB-C will be the common port," says the European Commission in its proposals. There will be a transition period of 2 years once proposals are adopted. Details: https://t.co/DUf2XMM1ul pic.twitter.com/fNWx4a7kse— Tom Warren (@tomwarren) September 23, 2021
This is simply going to push Apple to wireless charging and a portless iPhone.— Sean Hollister (@StarFire2258) September 23, 2021
Letting people charge iPhones from any Android charger or USB-C laptop charger would garner Apple some praise and cut e-waste long term, but it would rather rule its ecosystem with an iron fist. https://t.co/nartTieefM
Great news! EU is going to force all phones to use USB-C standard for charging. This is great news for Apple users too, since MacBook, iPad and Apple Watch were already using USB-C. Only iPhone used the old connector and required a special charger.https://t.co/YLrmIJgwea— Sebastian Aaltonen (@SebAaltonen) September 23, 2021
The EU started trying to impose a common charger a decade ago. Now it says it's finally happening... even for Apple's iPhones. @l_guillot + @pieter_haeck explain why after all this time, Brussels thinks it may win (and others say it doesn't matter)https://t.co/Gl3HqRLIvP— Nicholas Vinocur (@NicholasVinocur) September 23, 2021
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Disposed of & unused chargers result in approximately 11,000 tonnes of e-waste every year in the EU so the European Commission is proposing a common charger for electronic devices which may reduce ewaste https://t.co/VWP0lLXthy #smartphones #ewaste #policy #regulation #waste— Ewaste Watch Institute (@ewastewatch) September 24, 2021
Disposed of & unused chargers result in approximately 11,000 tonnes of e-waste every year in the EU so the European Commssion is proposing a common charger for electronic devices which may reduce ewaste https://t.co/C7xyuFQd3K #smartphones #ewaste #policy #regulation #waste— John Gertsakis (@BlooPlanet) September 24, 2021
Good job EU for telling Apple to fuck off on this obvious scam. - “Manufacturers will be forced to create a universal charging solution for phones and small electronic devices, under a new rule proposed by the European Commission (EC).” https://t.co/jXZF2evqif— Erich Parpart (@erich_parpart) September 24, 2021
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