The European Commission has presented a legislative proposal to establish a common charging port – USB Type-C – for all relevant devices, including smartphones, tablets, cameras, headphones, portable speakers, and handheld video game consoles sold in the EU.
Aims to reduce e-waste
The proposal aims to reduce e-waste by encouraging consumers to re-use existing chargers when buying a new device. This would directly impact Cupertino tech giant Apple since it uses its proprietary Lightning connector, unlike its competitors. Further, the Commission proposes to unbundle the sale of chargers from the sale of electronic devices.