Apple calls on the European Commission to modify the unique load cable proposal

Apple has asked the European Commission to reconsider the unique load regulations. Although it is not yet approved, this proposal seeks that all mobiles and o

Apple calls on the European Commission to modify the unique load cable proposal

Apple has asked the European Commission to reconsider the unique load regulations. Although it is not yet approved, this proposal seeks that all mobiles and other small devices always have a USB-C connection on the device to be able to load them with any charger and cable.

The reason is environmental. It is about reducing, as far as possible, the number of electronic waste that is generated every year and, in addition to unifying the loading standards, could require the manufacturer not to include cables and chargers in the boxes of the cables and chargers .

But the measure is freely collided with Apple's interests, which keeps the Lightning port on its phones (and some accessories) as an interface for data transmission and electric current. Now, in a public statement to the Commission, the Californian company calls on European politicians to consider the effects that the proposal would have as it is raised at this time.

The main argument of the company is that as the norm is conceived, there is a risk of freeding innovation. The proposal seeks to standardize the load solutions around the USB-C standard, but this standard is continuously evolving and the Commission has chosen a version that is no longer the most recent.

"The procedure for updating the legal text will result in significant delays in the introduction of innovations and improvements to the European market long after they reach the rest of the world," explains Apple.

A common argument that Apple to Used during the last months to oppose the rule is that a standardization has come forward for years a standardization around the Microusb port - as the European Union - the development and adoption of USB-C has been raised, With its advantages over Microusb, it would have taken much longer.

The text of the Commission, according to Apple, is also unclear about some of the details related to the chargers, which can generate inconsistencies in the application.

Apple also aimed that the Commission's decision to prohibit the sale of devices that do not use the USB-C standard for the load, even though they have already been launched on the market, it is a measure

Counterproductive because it will force from the market many products still functional, a measure with will contribute to increase, not decrease, the problem of electronic garbage.

Last year, European consumers bought more than 420 million electronic products, and pulled approximately 11,000 metric tons of electronic waste in garbage.

If the new law is approved, the manufacturers would have two years to make the transition to the new load standard. The vast majority of mobile phones is already loaded through USB-C, but this new measure also affects all types of electronic devices, including headphones, external batteries or portable consoles.

Updated Date: 26 November 2021, 04:25

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