The UK will not follow the EU’s lead and will require smartphone makers – including Apple – to include a common charging cable in their products.
Earlier this week, European lawmakers confirmed that most types of consumer electronics would have to include a USB Type-C port, citing significant amounts of e-waste caused by unused chargers and the inconvenience suffered by Android and iPhone users who need it. different cables for different devices.
The rules cover smartphones, tablets, e-readers, headsets, digital cameras, headphones and headsets, handheld game consoles and portable speakers, while laptops will have to be retrofitted within 40 months of the entry into force of the rules. rules. Wireless charging is not covered but can be added later.
Finally, a Brexit dividend?
The EU says its new regulations will benefit consumers, save €250 million a year and prevent 11,000 tonnes of e-waste.
However, the UK government, perhaps desperate to emphasize that the UK is free of the supposed ‘bureaucracy’ of Brussels in a post-Brexit world, has said it is not “currently considering” following suit. Despite this stance, British consumers are likely to be affected.
Under the terms of the EU Withdrawal Agreement, the regulations would apply to Northern Ireland. Meanwhile, manufacturers will have to adapt their designs or launch special models for the European market to comply with regulations. In either scenario, these devices could be stocked on British shelves.
Critics of EU rules argue that they will stifle innovation. Apple, which will be disproportionately impacted by the policy due to its proprietary Lightning interface. Apple has persistently opposed any mandate, arguing that it would lead to a massive amount of e-waste as consumers discard their old Lightning chargers.
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