Τα μέλη του Ευρωπαϊκού Κοινοβουλίου ψήφισαν ένα νομοσχέδιο που μπορεί να αναγκάσει εταιρείες όπως την Apple να προσαρμόσει προϊόντα που δεν διαθέτουν ήδη κάποιον τυπικό φορτιστή USB-C. Το νομοσχέδιο θα συμπεριλαμβάνει τα iPhone, στην περίπτωση της Apple.
A total of 602 MPs voted in favor of the plan on Tuesday, with 13 against and eight of them abstaining. The plan was initially provisionally agreed in June between the Commission and the 27 countries of the European Union, but will have to receive the final signature from the EU member states.
The law will be released in early 2023.
The proposal initially angered Apple, which said it would curtail innovation. However, the company is currently testing future iPhone models that replace the dedicated Lightning charging port with the standard USB-C connector, Bloomberg reported in May. Current Apple laptops and iPad Pro models already use them, as do most popular Android smartphones.
The proposal fell on the table of the European Commission last year. It aims to cut environmental waste and save consumers around 250 million euros ($247 million) a year by no longer having to buy a different charger for each device, Commission Executive Vice President Margrethe Vestager told parliament on Tuesday. .
"The common charger will simplify the lives of Europeans," Vestager said. "There will be no more outdated chargers in drawers, reducing costs for European citizens."