Apple Says EU’s Standard Charging Port Demand Will “Kill Innovation”


A few days ago, the European Union demanded a standard charging point for all the smartphones through which it mainly targeted Apple as the company is using lightning cables.

Apple has finally responded to the same and has stated that ditching the lightning cable at this point in time is going to create a large amount of electronic waste. Introducing a new cable for all the smartphones will also hamper the market as many of the accessories for Apple iPhones have been made to connect with the lightning cable.

Apple’s response to European Unions Demand of standard charging point came after a week. Moving to opt for a common charger will have an adverse effect on Apple as a huge range of Apple products including the iPhones support the lightning cables.

Apple officials firmly believe that if the standard charging concept is imposed then the scope of innovation will reduce on a large scale. Instead of encouraging innovation, the introduction of a standard charging point will kill it and also affect the economy of Europe.

Apple officials concluded their statement by saying that the company expects the European Union to take a wise decision that will not affect the innovation factor of the tech industry. European Union has been demanding for a common charging port for more than 10 years now.

Previously in 2009, the European Union got four major players of the smartphone industry including Apple, Huawei, Samsung, and Nokia to sign a voluntary agreement to launch common chargers for all the smartphones launching in 2011.

Apple also stated that the regulations to switch to a common charging point are not necessary as the industry has switched to three chargers from a huge number of 30 and soon the number will become two.

The introduction of a common charging port might trigger an environmental problem and create an inconvenient situation for those using lightning cables right now.

Nishit Raghuwanshi

Nishit Raghuwanshi

A Journalism grad from Lucknow who loves writing tech news. Interested in the latest smartphones, apps, mobile gaming, and general tech. When he’s not busy covering tech developments, you can find him writing or performing rap somewhere in Delhi.
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