U.S. senators are pushing for a unified mobile charger

After the European Union, the US government is also concerned about the use of a single charging connector: letter from US Democratic senators Ed Markey, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders addressed Gina Raimondo, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, asking the Department of Commerce to develop a comprehensive strategy for standardization. Senators say the EU’s lengthy preparation rules are in the best interests of users, and the United States should do the same. Senators do not specifically mention the use of the USB-C standard, they only mention a “comprehensive strategy” that gives the ministry room to consider other solutions.

Politicians’ views largely reflect the EU’s position that using a single charging standard could also significantly reduce the amount of electronic waste in the US and save consumers from buying additional chargers. Raimondo has not yet responded to the matter.

Under the new rules, which will take effect in the EU in the fall of 2024, wired smartphones, tablets, e-readers, rechargeable earphones, digital cameras, handheld video game consoles and portable speakers must be equipped with a USB-C port, regardless of manufacturer. According to the EU Communication, the rules apply to devices that can be charged via a wired cable, meaning that wireless-only devices are not required to have a USB-C port. This will not apply to products placed on the market before the date of application.

Critics and some companies have been opposed to such efforts for some time, saying Apple’s single charger could hurt innovation and limit technological progress, and question whether the move could actually reduce e-waste. If, after the decision of the union, the Americans take serious steps in the matter, they will have no choice but to say goodbye to the Lightning port.

Although the Cupertino company’s newer notebooks and tablets already have a USB-C connector, the iPhones will still be equipped with the Lightning port, which debuted in 2012 – this may change with the next apple model, according to rumors so far. Analysts say all members of Apple’s 2023 iPhone family will already be equipped with a USB-C port, as they have already stepped up for this year’s iPads.

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