Europe requires a charger type that works on all devices

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The European Parliament passed a resolution Thursday urging the bloc’s executives to “force” technology companies to use only one type of charger.

European lawmakers are demanding that a common charger be used for all types of devices, tablets, phones or e-readers.

They have called on policymakers to look at ways to avoid growing non-recycled cables by not requiring customers to buy a new charger for each new device.

Such proposals have been strongly opposed by Apple, saying that cables made by rival companies use USB variants for charging, while Apple’s Lighting.

Meanwhile, the European Commission has long been considering such an initiative. In 2009 Apple, smart phone companies signed a memorandum of understanding agreeing to harmonize chargers.

Thursday’s resolution calls on the European Commission to implement these rules from July.


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