The era of Type-C is coming! EU to legislate to unify charging interface

BySloan Ulrich 2020-02-08 460

The Type-C interface is used by more and more electronic products with its perfect function, strong compatibility, positive and negative blind insertion and other excellent features, especially on today's smartphones, as long as it is not a low-end entry-level model, the Type-C interface is basically standard. Recently, there are even rumors that the stubborn Apple will switch to the Type-C interface on the iPhone released this year.

However, that is to say, in fact, generally speaking, there are still a large number of devices on the market that use a variety of old interfaces and are incompatible with each other, which is not only inconvenient to use. what is more important is to produce matching chargers, data cables, adapters, and so on for these equipment, which will inevitably produce a large amount of garbage after elimination. Data show that Europe produced a total of 12.3 million tons of e-waste in 2016, with an average of 16.6kg per resident, which will be effectively alleviated if all electronic devices use the same charger. So the EU legislature passed a resolution by a vote of 582 to 40 encouraging the European Commission to draft a law to force smartphone charging solutions to be unified as Type-C charging ports, and it has been reported that the relevant law will be passed in July this year.

From this point of view, if the bill is formally passed in July, Apple will be the most affected. The new generation of iPhone will not be unexpectedly released in September this year. At this time, the new iPhone is already in production, and the interface must not be changed. If this generation of iPhone still uses the lighting interface, it is likely to face a situation where sales in Europe are not allowed. However, some foreign media said that the European Union did not require Apple to comply with this regulation, so we will wait and see the specific results.

Of course, in the long run, this measure still has a very positive significance, not only saving resources and reducing waste, but also for consumers, the Type-C interface is obviously better in terms of convenience and compatibility than other interfaces. I hope that both Apple and other companies will switch to the Type-C interface as soon as possible to avoid being sprayed again.


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