We’ve been hearing for years that the European Union is enforcing a common charging port for all phones, even tablets and headphones. Reuters now reports that those conversations are likely about to materialize, citing unnamed sources.
EU reaches deal for a common charging port on June 7
Oh my – we may finally be witnessing the end of the Lightning port (at least in Europe), if the proposal for a common charging port is finalized and passed into law. As you might imagine, the common charging port is USB-C. On June 7, EU member states and EU legislators will reportedly meet and discuss the proposal in question. You may have heard (or you might assume, rightly so) that Apple has criticized this proposal.
It may come as a surprise to some, but this proposal for a single mobile charging port was first introduced by the European Commission more than a decade ago. The release was due to iPhone and Android users complaining about having to use different chargers for their phones.
And it looks like this proposal is on its way to becoming law. According to Reuters sources, next Tuesday will be the last meeting between EU countries and EU lawmakers on the subject. One of the issues is whether or not to include laptops in this proposal. If this happens, it could also affect Samsung and other device makers.
In addition, EU lawmakers aim to ‘harmonize’ wireless charging systems by 2025, but some EU countries and the European Commission are demanding a longer period for technical reasons.
As for Apple, the company has previously criticized this proposal, stressing that if the proposal becomes law, it could create more electronic waste. Why? Well, such a law could force iPhone users to ditch their current Lightning accessories. In addition, forcing users to switch to new chargers would also create a mountain of e-waste.