The EU Commission will present on Thursday 23 September a legislative proposal for the introduction of a universal charger for all mobile devices.
This was reported by sources close to the dossier.
Brussels requires all manufacturers to use a common USB-C charging point and to make charging software protocols interoperable between brands.
Under the proposal, Apple is expected to modify its current Lightning cable system.
With a view to reducing electronic waste, companies should also stop selling new chargers for each device by giving consumers the option to use their old cables.
USB-C is already a shared standard in the mobile device landscape. All the major smartphone manufacturers in the world, from Samsung to Xiaomi and Huawei, have been adopting the next generation port for a few years now, to allow consumers to recharge their devices with the same accessories.
Since February 2021, Samsung has taken an important step in the direction of reducing technological pollution, eliminating the wall power supply from the Galaxy S21 package and leaving only the cable in the box. For now it is the only one to have undertaken this move. For its part, Apple does the same starting with the iPhones 12 launched in October 2020, although these still retain the proprietary lightning power port. The probable EU proposal to standardize the top-up scenario would lead the Cupertino giant to follow the same path taken with the iPads, including the Mini 2021,
which already have a USB-C input.
However, the future of mobile phone power is increasingly 'wireless'. Now all, both Android and Apple, support wireless charging, shared and interoperable, based on Qi technology, which allows you to take advantage of various brands to power your smartphone, albeit with longer times than wired mode.