EU Parliament approves common charging cable from 2024 – BBC

European MPs have voted for a law requiring all new portable devices to use the same type of charging cable.
Smartphones and tablets, including the Apple iPhone and iPad, would have to use a USB-C charger from 2024, while laptop manufacturers would have until 2026 to make the change.
There were 602 votes in favour and 13 against, with eight abstaining.
Member states are expected to grant approval on 24 October, before the rule is signed into law at the parliament.
Following a provisional agreement by the European Union, in June 2022, the UK government told BBC News it was not "currently considering" introducing a common charging cable.
But under the current post-Brexit arrangements, the new regulation could apply to Northern Ireland.
The "new requirements may also apply to devices sold in Northern Ireland under the terms of the Northern Ireland protocol in the Brexit agreement, potentially triggering divergence of product standards with the rest of the UK", according to a December 2021 parliamentary report.
The treaty works by keeping Northern Ireland inside the EU's single market for goods, while the rest of the UK is outside it.
A row between the UK and EU about how to reform the Northern Ireland protocol remains unresolved.
EU Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager celebrated the new rule on Twitter, citing the "waste and inconvenience" of having multiple chargers.
#SingleCharger here we go! Final plenary debate @Europarl_EN today. As of autumn 2024 the time when we had to fight with many different chargers will start becoming a memory of old, strange times of unnecessary costs, waste and inconvenience 🤗 pic.twitter.com/agx8O2Eila
But Apple has historically argued against the proposal.
When it was first introduced, in September 2021, an Apple representative told BBC News: "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".
The technology giant is the main manufacturer of smartphones using a custom charging port, as its iPhone series uses an Apple-made Lightning connector.
Apple has been approached for comment.
The new rule will cover a range of "small and medium-sized portable electronics", according the EU, including:
UK won’t copy EU's plan for common charger
EU to push for universal phone charger
The generation dependent on the phone charger
Biden and Trump making final pitches on eve of midterms
Fisherman tried to break window to save pilots
Ukraine is reason to act fast on climate – PM
Why is recapturing Kherson so important for Ukraine?
The vote looms – so who will win Congress?
Putin allies who criticise Russia's war machine
What did people ditch tweets for? Take our timed quiz…
'We'd never seen this much water' – flood survivors
In the name of atheism: The case of Mubarak Bala. Video
The Indian-American 'helping' Elon Musk run Twitter
Why an old train could point to a clean energy future
How US voters get shown hate online
The young US men choosing vasectomies
Istanbul's beloved 'brothel dessert'
The world's greatest unpaid debt?
© 2022 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read about our approach to external linking.

source

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Lakers sign Thomas Bryant Tom Brady hint at unretirement this year Kevin Durant trade Warriors stars Brooklyn Nets to sign T.J. Warren ‘Minions’ Fire With $110.5 Million debut