A single charging port for smartphones, tablets, and cameras will be introduced in the European Union by 2024, a first for the world that will likely have a greater impact on Apple than its competitors. The European Parliament approved new regulations on Tuesday.
By making USB Type-C connectors used by Android-based devices the EU standard, the vote confirms a previous agreement among EU institutions and will compel Apple to modify its charging port for iPhones and other devices.
Apple is considered to be one of the major manufacturers of electronic products for European consumers to be most affected, although analysts also anticipate a potential benefit as it may persuade consumers to purchase the brand’s most recent devices rather than those without USB Type-C.
According to analysts, the agreement may potentially have an effect on Samsung, Huawei, and other device manufacturers since it also covers e-readers, headphones, and other technologies.
Apple, Samsung, and Huawei could not be reached for comment right away.
602 votes in favor and 13 votes against the reform were cast by EU lawmakers, who backed it with a wide margin.
The decision to make the change was made after years of discussion and concerns from iPhone and Android customers about needing to use different chargers for their gadgets.
According to an estimate by the European Commission, customers would save about 250 million euros, or roughly Rs. 2016 crore.
According to a 2019 Commission survey, 21% of chargers sold with smart phones in 2018 had an Apple Lightning connector, 29% had a USB Type-C connector, and 50% of charges had a USB micro-USB connector.
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