A few days ago, there were reports that the European Union will adopt a unified charging port for all devices coming to Europe. However, a recent explanation from the EU shows that the media misinterpreted its considerations. The EU does not require devices to adopt a charging port. However, what it wants is “similar or the same chargers”.
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The European Commission’s vice president said that since the beginning of 2009, it has been searching for universal chargers. Since then, there have been more than 30 types of chargers on the market. With this number, discarded old chargers constitute over 51,000 metric tons of electronic waste each year.
There were some reports that the EU requires Apple to replace its Lightning port with USB-Type C. Although the media is confident that USB Type-C will replace Lightning in 2020, the European Commission has not proposed that Apple “cut off” the Lightning port and Apple’s charger has already met EU standards. At the same time, the EU meeting did not mention Apple.
Apple has added 18W USB Type-C chargers and Lightning-USB-C cables to its iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max. The 2018 iPad Pro and MacBook laptops also use USB Type-C chargers and cables, and the included USB Type-C charger also has the ability to power laptops, tablets or mobile phones.