The case goes back to 2009, when Apple, Samsung and Huawei voluntarily pledged to reach an understanding to standardize the type of mobile charger from 2011, an idea shared by 14 technology companies. The truth is that no one has complied and in 2014 new memos were written to reinforce the commitment. And once again, five years later everything stayed the same, prompting Margrethe Vestager, European Commissioner for Competition, to threaten measures, and commission a study to analyze benefits and costs to harmonize equipment shippers.
PSD MEP Maria da Graça Carvalho recalled the 2014 state of affairs in Strasbourg, stressing that the European Commission should promote “binding regulation, with concrete goals and objectives for the entire internal market,” she said in a statement. aim to introduce unique chargers for both mobile phones and other mobile devices.
Maria da Graça Carvalho says that the issue of the common charger is of great importance for the practical life of consumers, who until now are obliged to have a charger for each electronic device, but also highlights environmental issues, estimating that in the European Union accumulate 50 thousand tons of obsolete loaders per year.
Apple has been the leading manufacturer blocking the progress of talks, mentioning that it already has about one billion Lightning connections supported equipment and adopting a standard model would generate an unprecedented volume of e-waste. And that regulations would freeze innovation rather than encourage it. In addition to the manufacturer's idea, the proposals are environmentally bad and unnecessarily disruptive to customers.
The apple maker was even accused of hypocrisy for ignoring environmental problems when it moved from the 30-pin chargers to the Lightning system in 2012, at a time when the adoption of a single system was already on the table. Still, the latest iPad and MacBook devices already support USB-C connections, one of the candidates to become the long-desired universal connection.