On Tuesday, the European Parliament approved new standards that will provide a single charging port for mobile phones, tablets, and cameras in the European Union by 2024, a world first that is expected to impact iPhone maker Apple more than its competitors.
The vote confirms an earlier agreement between EU institutions and will make USB Type-C connectors used by Android-based devices the EU standard, forcing Apple to modify its iPhone charging port for other devices.
Apple is expected to be among the most affected countries, but analysts anticipate a potential positive impact because it might encourage consumers to purchase the company''s latest gadgets instead of ones without USB Type-C.
According to analysts, the agreement also includes e-readers, earbuds, and other technologies, which might also affect Samsung, Huawei, and other devices manufacturers.
Apple, Samsung, and Huawei were not immediately available for inputs.
Apple has previously warned that the suggestion would hurt innovation and result in a mountain of electronics waste.
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With a large majority, EU lawmakers supported the reform, with 602 votes in support, with only 13 supporters.
The incident was triggered by complaints from iPhone and Android users about having to switch to different chargers for their devices.
The European Commission has estimated that a single charger would save about 250 million euros (roughly Rs. 2016 crore) for consumers.
According to a 2019 Commission research, half of mobile chargers purchased in 2018 had a USB micro-USB connector, while 29 percent had a USB Type-C connector, and 21 percent had a Lightning connector.
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