Well, here’s something that should have happened a long, long time ago. According to the Taking last week’s example from the European Union, the US could soon make USB-C charging mandatory in the consumer electronics industry, if the Secretary of Commerce follows the advice of a trio of Democratic senators.
While Ed Markey, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders make no direct mention of USB-C or Lightning technology in their joint June 16 letter
addressed to the “honourable” head of the US Department of Commerce, there is really no other “comprehensive strategy” that could potentially be adopted to address the lack of a “common US charging standard” than what the EU wants by fall 2024 enforce .
The recently enacted European Union legislation is in fact directly mentioned in the letter, with much the same arguments put forward for the development of a similar law to be applied to the states. Of course the US is just that Apple’s home country and the largest smartphone market, meaning this proposal could face a lot more resistance at every level.
Perhaps in anticipation of such discussions and legislation, the Cupertino-based tech giant has long worked to ditch its universally reviled Lightning port. The latest iPad Air, Mini and Pro editions all come with the same USB-C connectors as their Android-powered rivals, and if recent rumors are to be believed, the “standard” is iPad should follow suit by the end of the year.
The same will most likely happen with the iPhone 15 family in the fall of 2023, but since there are no guarantees yet, this new (and official) call for “uniform standards for charging accessories” may not yield much in the very near future.
Nevertheless, we can certainly see a more serious and public discussion than ever sparked by the letter from these three senators about the inconveniences of consumers and the spread of electronic waste generated by the lack of a single charger that is compatible with all your electronic devices. devices.
In case you were wondering: chargers alone produce an estimated 11,000 (!!!) tons of e-waste annual around the world, and while banning Lightning ports and cables could exacerbate that problem in the short term, the long-term impact will undoubtedly be very positive, both from an environmental and even financial perspective.