iPhone and Android: Universal USB-C chargers could be introduced for smartphones

Smartphone makers may have to alter their charging points under new rules to adopt the same type of USB charging ports. These rules come from the European Commission, which could have implications globally.

A standardised USB-C port would be common among all phones, including iPhone who have their own Lightning charging ports.

It is hoped this proposed legislation would reduce e-waste and improve consumer convenience.

It would apply to all mobile phones and also tablets, cameras, headphones, speakers etc.

Many smartphone manufacturers have already adopted the USB-C on recent handsets, however Apple have not, as iPhones still have the Lightning connector.

Apple has previously warned against the idea, saying it risks “creating an unprecedented volume of electronic waste”.

Announcing the proposals, Margrethe Vestager, executive vice-president for a Europe fit for the digital age, said: “European consumers were frustrated long enough about incompatible chargers piling up in their drawers.

“We gave industry plenty of time to come up with their own solutions, now time is ripe for legislative action for a common charger.

“This is an important win for our consumers and environment and in line with our green and digital ambitions.”

If changes are approved, it could be years in the making as scrutiny from MEPs and national governments could lead to parts being amended.

If approved, manufacturers will be given two years to ensure their devices are compliant.

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