Friday, December 27, 2013

Europe will impose universal charger, even Apple -

Who never found out of battery phone with a friend who did not have the correct charger? Good news: Parliament and the European Council agreed to impose a universal charger manufacturers of mobile devices. And even giant Apple will comply with the rule.

“The goal is to end the chaos of cables for phones and tablets. (…) Consumers can benefit, “said the rapporteur Barbara Weiler (S & D, DE) after successful negotiations with the Council.

The USB connector will also change

The objective of the European institutions is the reduction of unnecessary costs for consumers, but also of waste. Because this measure would also re rédui electronic waste 50,000 tons per year.

far, no charger model was chosen. Many manufacturers have already developed not with the micro-USB cable, but there are exceptions to the rule. As Apple and Lightning connector. The USB connector will, in turn, change by the end of 2014 and approaching the … Apple.

All these details will be discussed by Member States at a plenary meeting in March. The interim agreement will be formally adopted by all Member States well as the Committee on the Internal Market. Once this directive passed, manufacturers such as Apple, Nokia and Samsung will then be obliged by law to provide a common charger battery.

* Anne Demoulin

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