All information about the EU has been passed to mandate the release of a USB Type-C charger for all smartphones, tablets, and cameras from 2024

All information about the EU has been passed to mandate the release of a USB Type-C charger for all  ...

The European Parliament approved new laws on Tuesday, which would allow for the use of mobile phones, tablets, and cameras in the European Union by 2024, a world first, which is expected to affect iPhone maker Apple more than its competitors.

The vote confirms an earlier agreement among EU institutions and will make USB Type-C connectors used by Android-based devices the EU standard, requiring Apple to modify its iPhone models and other devices.

Apple is expected to be among the most affected countries in Europe, but analysts predict a significant impact as it encourages consumers to purchase its latest gadgets rather than ones without a USB Type-C.

According to analysts, the agreement also includes e-readers, earbuds, and other technologies, which means it may have an impact on Samsung, Huawei, and other devices manufacturers.

Apple, Samsung, and Huawei were not immediately available for comments.

Apple has previously warned that the proposal would affect innovation and create a mountain of electronic waste.

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EU legislators supported the reform with a large majority, with 602 votes in support and only 13 against.

The move had been discussed for years and was prompted by complaints from iPhone and Android users about having to switch to different chargers.

The European Commission has estimated that a single charger would save around EUR 250 million (roughly Rs. 2016 crore) for consumers.

According to a 2019 Commission study, half of mobile chargers sold with a USB micro-USB connector were able to be connected, while 29 percent had a USB Type-C connector, and 21 percent had a Lightning connector.

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