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Brussels wants Apple to fall in line with common charging solution by 2024

Posted On: 24 Oct 2021   |   Posted By: Politico

The European Commission is set to present a legislative proposal on Thursday to force manufacturers to use a common charger for electronic devices, according to a Commission official closely involved in the file.
The proposal will require all manufacturers to harmonize the charging points on devices - using a USB-C charging point - and to make their software protocol for fast charging interoperable between brands and devices.
The main target of the new legislation is U.S. tech giant Apple, which has pushed back against EU attempts to standardize chargers through binding requirements, arguing that it will hamper innovation.
The new rules - which will also apply to tablets, headphones, cameras and loudspeakers - will “not harmonize all chargers directly, but harmonize the charging points on the devices,” the official said. The rules won't apply to e-readers or wireless chargers.
The Commission aims to adopt the proposal next year and will give member countries one year to transpose it into domestic law,...

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