A landmark agreement has been reached between the countries of the European Union that will force electronics manufacturers to have a common charger for all devices if they want to sell their products in the EU.
And while companies have so long failed to agree on a common solution, the European Union now seems to be forcing them to do so. Besides, the Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton spoke "For a bigger economy for EU consumers and less waste for the planet".
The above historic decision for common chargers in all electronic devices was reached in principle by the negotiators of the European Parliament and the European Commission. The decision will be implemented in the autumn of 2024.
According to her, all mobile phones, smartphones, tablets, e-readers, digital cameras, wireless headsets, portable speakers and handheld video consoles should have a dedicated USB-C charging port, regardless of the company.
And guess what. The decision also affects Apple, which is the only one that uses Lightning cable chargers for its products and has expressed its opposition to this design.
The decision also applies to laptop manufacturers who are also called upon to adopt common chargers, but with a longer grace period of 40 months, ie they have more than 3 years after 2024 to adapt.
According to the decision, the charging speed should be harmonized with devices that support it. Therefore, users will be able to charge devices at the same speed as any charger.
And the EU does not stop there. Under the European directive, consumers need to know if the chargers they are currently using are compatible and will be provided with clarifications on the features of the new devices. And they should be able to buy an electronic device with or without its charger.
As you know companies like Apple sell separate gadgets like chargers and headphones.
The decision is expected to provoke reactions.