Thursday, July 7, 2022

European Union forces Apple to abandon Lightning charging port


Izaan Zubair
Technology writer @ WNObserver

Recent reports revealed that the European Union may force “Apple” to change its iPhone charger again, to make it common and proportionate to all smartphones, as well as reduce electronic waste across the region that includes 28 countries, despite the fact that technology companies were previously directed to work together to develop a “unified” global charger, however, EU officials say “voluntary agreements between different industry actors have not achieved the desired results,” and according to EU officials, the changes will make customer lives “easier and help the environment”.

According to the Verge, estimates indicate that old chargers generate more than 51,000 tons of “electronic waste” every year, while European Parliament members plan to vote on this measure in one of the upcoming sessions, while Apple believes that the imposition of such a law would “Innovation suffocates, damages the environment and causes unnecessary disturbances to users”.

This proposal may present a particular challenge to Apple, which has shipped more than a billion iPhones and iPads using the so-called Lightning connector, and Roza Thun und Hohenstein, European legislator in the European Parliament, said: We are drowning in an ocean of e-waste, and we cannot continue that way.

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“Apple” said in a previous statement: “More than a billion devices have been shipped from Apple, which are dependent on the current charger … We want to make sure that any new legislation will not lead to any disruption to our customers,” and the company wants to ensure that any new legislation will not lead to ship any unnecessary cables or external adapters with each device, or to make the devices and accessories used by millions of Europeans and hundreds of millions of Apple customers worldwide obsolete.

Apple had automatically stopped using the Lightning port on the 2019 version of its iPad tablet, and moved to the USB-C port used on MacBook, and the USB-C and micro-USB ports are also being used on Android devices.

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