The European Union rejects Apple’s arguments that switching to USB-C will stifle innovation

Affecting Apple’s interests almost exclusively, the European Union will continue its initiative to support USB-C as a standard port for connecting and charging mobile devices.

Measure will not affect by no means the manufacturers of Android phones and tablets, the vast majority of them already using USB-C as a connection interface. Instead, Apple has to lose a very profitable business built around the supply of original iPhone accessories, which the manufacturers could not legally put up for sale without transferring large sums of money to the American company. For example, for using the Lightning port.

Instead, USB-C is a universal format for which Apple cannot issue financial claims. Sure, the US company will find other ways to make a profit from iPhone accessories put up for sale by third parties, but the financial claims issued will be more difficult to justify and enforce.

According to the decision published by the EU authorities, the transition to a common port of loading cannot stifle innovation, as OEMs have full freedom to develop accessories for mobile devices.

Currently, only Apple uses a proprietary connector for the smartphone offering, while most iPads and MacBook systems have already migrated to USB-C, without losing anything in terms of functionality or case design.

In the competition camp, the USB-C port is already used in ways that force the limits of the imagination, the very small connector transmitting powers of up to 120W for charging Xiaomi phones.

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