It’s always frustrating to have to get a new phone and an all new phone charger, especially when you have an IPhone, where their chargers change based on the model. The European Union (EU) is changing that for their citizens, and I personally believe the US should adopt this as well.
The EU announced on Thursday that it will force manufacturers to adopt a universal phone charger, meaning the iPhone will have to use USB-C or whatever standardized charger regulators decide to use and will no longer be able to use Apple’s proprietary Lightning Charger.
The European Union has been threatening to make this change, which Apple has strongly fought against, for years. The move is designed to make things easier for consumers and to prevent people from owning all sorts of different chargers, which creates more trash. The directive also applies to other small electronic portable devices, not just Apple products.
Apple was upset at the legislative move, stating,
“We remain concerned that 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.”
According to the AFP, the European Commission released an 18 page directive that outlined the new legislation it said was aimed at reducing waste and saving EU consumers millions of dollars a year.