The European Parliament has finally voted to have one common charger for all mobile devices. This signals the end of the line for Apple’s Lightning charger in Europe.
This resolution was passed by a vote of 582 to 40. The guidelines will come into effect by July 2020.
The resolution is an effort to reduce e-waste generated in Europe. However, Apple had also argued that forcing it to change iPhones from Lighting to type-C connectors would cause “an unprecedented volume of electronic waste.”
The tech giants also said that “regulation that forces conformity across the type of connector stifles innovation”.
Their reason is that it would render the company’s current accessories obsolete.
“More than 1 billion Apple devices have shipped using a Lightning connector in addition to an entire ecosystem of accessory and device manufacturers who use Lightning,” Apple said in a statement.
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Apple had previously rendered one of its accessories obsolete after it switched from the 30-pin connector to its current Lightning chargers in 2012.
Apple says USB-C connector has a higher carbon footprint
Micro-USB was at first, declared the standard in 2010 with Apple complying by supplying adapters for its ports. Apple now uses USB-C connectors in its MacBook and iPad Pro devices after the current shift to USB-C charging. However, its iPhones still rely on Lightning.
In its statement, Apple also said:
“We do not believe there is a case for regulation given the industry is already moving to the use of USB Type-C through a connector or cable assembly. This includes Apple’s USB-C power adapter which is compatible with all iPhone and iPad devices.
“This approach is more affordable and convenient for consumers, enables charging for a wide range of portable electronic products, encourages people to re-use their charger and allows for innovation.”
Studies commissioned by Apple show that and that USB-C costs more to produce. It also has a 20 percent higher carbon footprint. The study concludes that this is, “due to the USB Type-C connector being larger and having a higher mass than the Lightning connector.”
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