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One shape fits all: EU to standardize smartphone chargers

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LONDON (AP) — The European Union unveiled plans on Thursday to require smartphone makers to adopt a single charging method for mobile devices.

The European Commission, the bloc’s executive arm, proposed legislation that would mandate USB-C cables for charging, technology that many device makers have already adopted.

The main holdout is Apple, which said that it was concerned the new rules would limit innovation, and that would end up hurting consumers. iPhones come with the company’s own Lightning charging port, though the newest models come with cables that can be plugged into a USB-C socket.

The push by the EU will certainly be cheered by the millions of people who have rummaged through a drawer full of cables looking for the right charger. But the EU also wants to cut down on the 11,000 metric tons of electronic waste thrown out every year by Europeans.

The commission said that the typical person living in the EU owns at least three chargers, and uses two regularly, but 38 percent of people report not being able to charge their phones at least once because they couldn’t find a compatible........

© The Times of Israel

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