Same charger for Android and iPhone: It does not matter to the European Parliament whether you have an iPhone or an Android device. During the vote on this idea, 582 votes were for and 40 votes against. This means that work is now being done on a new, European law. It must be ready before July. It must also be voted on again before it is implemented.
European Parliament vote in favor of same charger for Android and iPhone
Smartphone chargers create an awful lot of electronic waste. Not only because almost every smartphone comes with its own charger (although Apple and Samsung are now moving away from that idea more, regardless of the reason), but also because there are different chargers for smartphones. In addition to micro-usb, usb-c is very popular. That goes for Android smartphones and modern iPads. The iPhone is the only device that still relies on its own Lightning connection.
By switching to a standard, this can ensure that less e-waste is created. After all, you then need one charger for your smartphones, even when you switch to a new model. And then it will no longer have to make a difference from which manufacturer you buy such a device. That is a second advantage: you no longer have to search for specific chargers. Your friends and family will also have a charger for you more often.
There is a disadvantage, according to Apple’s response. The company thinks that this upcoming law will limit innovation. In a response to the Financial Times a spokesman said the following.
We believe regulation that forces conformity across the type of connector built into all smartphone stifles innovation rather than encouraging it, and would harm consumers in Europe and the economy as a whole. 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.
If you want to read more about the bill, you can visit the website of the European parliament.