Apple announces statement of rebuttal to EU's “ common charger for smartphone '' request
The terminals used for charging smartphones are mainly divided into USB Type-C for Android devices and Lightning for iPhones, and the same charger cannot be used repeatedly unless a conversion adapter is prepared. Common use in the EU for 10 yearsGeneral purposeWe are looking for a charger, and we are finally discussing a bill to include "the ability to use a universal charger" in mobile phone requirements. In response, Apple has issued a statement.
Apple pushes back against EU common charger, warns of innovation risks-Reuters
Apple fights EU call for common smartphone charger, claiming consumer harm
In the EU, e-waste including old chargers amount to 51,000 tons per year and consumers are inconvenient, so as to make a common charger that can be used on Android and iPhone, 10 Has been insisting for over a year.
The mobile phone industry did not disregard this voice, but in 2009, 14 companies such as Apple, Samsung, Huawei, Nokia, etc. voluntarily said that “ charging of terminals appearing in the market in 2011 will be 'harmonized' '' The memorandum has been signed. Although the memorandum expired in 2012, some companies continue to sign similar letters of intent in 2013 and 2014. However, considering that the common charger will not appear just by the voluntary movement of the industry alone, the EU finally considered a bill to include “ the ability to use a common charger '' in the requirements of “ mobile phone '' itself Start.
Apple had rebelled against this move from the outset, but once again issued a statement stating that it would have a negative effect on consumers throughout Europe and the economy. According to the economic journal Forbes, the full statement is as follows:
Apple Challenges Europe ’s Mooted Lightning Cable Ban
Apple stands for innovation and deeply cares about the customer experience.We believe regulation that forces conformity across the type of connector built into all smartphones stifles innovation rather than encouraging it, and would harm consumers in Europe and the economy as a whole.
More than 1 billion Apple devices have shipped using a Lightning connector in addition to an entire ecosystem of accessory and device manufacturers who use Lightning to serve our collective customers.Legislation would have a direct negative impact by disrupting the hundreds of millions of active devices and accessories used by our European customers and even more Apple customers worldwide, creating an unprecedented volume of electronic waste and greatly inconveniencing users.
We do not believe there is a case for regulation given the industry is already moving to the use of USB Type-C through a connector or cable assembly.This includes Apple's USB-C power adapter which is compatible with all iPhone and iPad devices.This approach is more affordable and convenient for consumers, enables charging for a wide range of portable electronic products, encourages people to re-use their charger and allows for innovation.
Prior to 2009, the Commission considered mandating that all smartphones use only USB Micro-B connectors which would have restricted the advancement to Lightning and USB Type-C. Instead, the Commission established a voluntary, industry standards-based approach that saw the market shift from 30 chargers down to 3, soon to be two — Lightning and USB-C, showing this approach does work.
We hope the Commission will continue to seek a solution that does not restrict the industry's ability to innovate and bring exciting new technology to customers.
Apple has not only shipped more than 1 billion terminals equipped with Lightning terminals, but also accessories and the entire ecosystem of terminal manufacturers are compatible with Lightning, so if there is a law that requires a common charger is required The warning warns that hundreds of millions of devices and accessories will be useless, and will generate unprecedented amounts of e-waste. The direct negative impact on users is also significant.
In addition, he argues that the regulations themselves are not required because the industry is transitioning to USB Type-C terminals as a whole. Rather, the European Commission has considered compulsory USB Micro B terminals, which has led to a complaint with the EU that the transition to Lightning and USB Type-C has been restricted.
The European Commission, the executive officer of the EU, plans to announce the findings of the impact of the common charger from late January to early February 2020.