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EU deal on single cell charging port by yr finish is feasible, lawmaker says

STRASBOURG (Reuters) – EU lawmakers and member states may clinch a deal on a typical charging port for cellphones, tablets and headphone by the top of the yr, a key lawmaker stated on Tuesday, a proposal that has been strongly criticised by iPhone maker Apple.

The European Fee first broached a single cell charging port greater than a decade in the past however final yr proposed draft laws in a world first, after firms did not agree on a typical resolution.

IPhone and Android customers have lengthy complained about having to make use of completely different chargers for his or her telephones. The previous is charged from a Lightning cable whereas Android-based gadgets are powered utilizing USB-C connectors.

Half the chargers offered with cellphones in 2018 had a USB micro-B connector, whereas 29% had a USB-C connector and 21% a Lightning connector, based on a 2019 Fee research.

Lawmaker Alex Agius Saliba, who’s main the problem on the European Parliament, stated he hopes the legislative meeting will be capable of vote on his proposal in Could, permitting him to then begin talks with EU nations on a remaining draft.

“A deal by the top of the yr is doable. That is our ambition,” he informed Reuters in an interview.

His proposal nonetheless has a broader scope that’s prone to influence Samsung and Huawei and different machine makers and a shorter timeline than the Fee’s draft.

“This may be a very missed alternative if we solely concentrate on smartphones,” Agius Saliba stated.

He needs e-readers, low-powered laptops, keyboards, pc mice, earbuds, good watches, and digital toys to have a single cell charging port, whereas the Fee’s record has solely cellphones, tablets and headphones.

Agius Saliba additionally needs the Fee to harmonise wi-fi charging programs by 2025 and that the laws ought to come into power six months after it’s adopted, by which era firms must adapt their gadgets, as a substitute of two years.

Apple has warned that the EU push for a typical charger would harm innovation and create a mountain of digital waste if customers have been pressured to change to new chargers.

(Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; Modifying by Susan Fenton)

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