Apple: EU can't make us use your stinking common charging standard | 1/24/2020 | Staff
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Perhaps predictably, Apple has hit out against the European Parliament's renewed calls for a common charging standard. Its battle call? "It'll stifle our profits innovation."

In a statement on the subject of mobile devices having to use a standard plug for power and data transfer, Apple argued any move compelling it to ditch the Lightning port, which has been a staple of the iPhone for almost a decade, would inconvenience its customers, simultaneously creating an "unprecedented volume" of electronic waste.

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"We believe regulation that forces conformity across the type of connector built into all smartphones stifles innovation rather than encouraging it, and would harm consumers in Europe and the economy as a whole," an Apple spokesperson said.

"We hope the Commission will continue to seek a solution that does not restrict the industry's ability to innovate and bring exciting new technology to customers," Apple added.

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In a speech made earlier this month, Maroš Šefčovič, EC Vice-President for Inter-institutional Relations and Foresight, set out the aims of a universal charging standard, which would focus on convenience, safety, interoperability, and the reduction of e-waste.

"The Commission has been strongly supporting the harmonisation of chargers for mobile phones and similar devices. The Common Charger campaign was an initiative by the Commission already in 2009 and I have to underline the fact that thanks for the Commission’s efforts, the industry implemented a voluntary approach," said Šefčovič, who was also a candidate in the 2019 Slovak presidential election, and previously served as the EC's Energy Union veep.

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"The work has only gained in importance since that moment and in the light of the urgent transition to the circle economy, sustainable product policy is a priority initiative in the European green deal, which was just adopted by this Commission."

One option highlighted — but ultimately dismissed — by Šefčovič would see the regulation...
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