Members of European Parliament pass legislation calling for universal phone charger
The odds favor that the microUSB charger would get the nod throughout Europe, and that could be troublesome for Apple. The Cupertino based firm has its proprietary Lightning charging system that replaced the old 30-pin charger with the launch of the Apple iPhone 5.
Apple has said in the past that instead of replacing the Lightning port with a microUSB port, if the legislation becomes law, it will offer buyers of its devices in Europe an adapter that would allow the product to meet the legal requirements in the continent.
26. AiAiRon (Posts: 10; Member since: 12 Mar 2014)
Or how about the government stays out of everyone's business and lets them deal with having the correct charger for their own phone. I'm not saying it's bad to have a universal charging port. I love that pretty much all phones besides the iPhone use the micro usb, but I do believe that Apple has the right to use whatever charging port they chose as long as its safe with the country's electrical standards.
30. quesoesgrande (Posts: 217; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)
Exactly. Why can the government tell us how to run OUR businesses? Its wrong. Whatever happened to capitalism and the benefits of a free market economy?
33. Taters (Posts: 3601; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
They have always set guidelines for businesses. They create the taxes and disposal regulations. If they feel the need to create this new regulation, they should.
32. Taters (Posts: 3601; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
It's about electronic waste and if it is truly going to pose a disposal problem like they fear it might, then yes it is their business.
42. rallyguy (Posts: 577; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)
How is it a disposal waste? Because you throw away the adapters you don't need? What about creating a law that says you can't put the phone in a box, wrap it in plastic. Based on your arguement the government should be able to regulate everything in our lives even more than they already do.
46. McLTE (Posts: 714; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
Why? Because unfortunately we have companies like Apple, Sony, etc that refuse to work with others to create widely adopted standards.
Personally, I think the Lightning connector should be THE standard. I'm not an Apple guy at all, but that connector is AWESOME.
If these tech titans would work TOGETHER to adopt standards that better everyone, instead of just themselves, then perhaps this wouldn't be necessary.
49. Augustine (Posts: 802; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
No way! Apple killed an otherwise nice connector, the FireWire port, because it charged $1 per port in license fee! That fee applied to the chip, to the computer and to the cable. Shove the Lightning up, Apple!
38. phonetekmek (Posts: 70; Member since: 04 Oct 2013)
I am a liberal and I think this is big govt gone crazy. But it's Europe so what do you expect?
2. night_elf (Posts: 38; Member since: 02 Apr 2013)
I dont think apple will get away this time with an adapter!
3. wando77 (Posts: 328; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)
Apple are missing the point. The main advantage of all chargers being the same is when you are out and about you will always be able to find somebody/somewhere with a charger for you phone. Be it at Starbucks or a friends house. Apple are forcing you to carry round an adaptor to make that possible
4. joey_sfb (Posts: 3261; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
Its more to reduce the carbon and the stress of ridding electronic junk.
Power adapter should be universal.
9. Sauce (unregistered)
Lol...never do I everrrr see someone carrying a microusb charger. Everywhere I go, I see iPhone chargers, ESPECIALLY at Starbucks and friends houses lol.
13. reckless562 (Posts: 1011; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)
well....... i carry one EVERYWHERE in go.......have multiple in fact, even have multiple 1 amp AC wall chargers around too. u need to run into ppl like me lol. but again , i do carry 1 30 pin plug, IN CASE A CHICK NEEDS IT :D which reminds me, i REALLY need to get a lightning plug.........
15. fireblade (Posts: 714; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)
go to Asia and you won't see iPhone chargers
17. fireblade (Posts: 714; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)
My android phone can use charger from Samsung, Sony, Lenovo, and many more. iPhone charger is very expensive, while Micro USB cable is just $2 and you can connect it everywhere (PC, laptop, powerbank, lighter).
In the end of story, android vs iOS is like Windows OS vs Mac. Too bad I can't play Crysis 3 on Mac :(
35. Sauce (unregistered)
You can connect an iPhone to anything that has a USB port...lmfao.
23. Just.Saying (Posts: 132; Member since: 04 Apr 2013)
Guess that Blackberry dude was correct - Apple wall hugers.
25. steelew (Posts: 74; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)
I see the exact opposite. (not starting a flame war but thats what I see) It seems the iphone guys always have a harder time finding a spare charger when they forget theirs because almost everyone I work with has a galaxy s4.
27. PBXtech (Posts: 984; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)
I use one that plugs into my car cigarette lighter when I'm traveling around. But yes, you won't see that one either.
37. willard12 (Posts: 887; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)
Remember, you are a member of tne "Iphone community", as you call it. So that probably has something to do with what you see. Also, this article refers to Europe, Apple doesn't have 32% market share there like they have in the US.
20. Dingy_cellar_dweller (Posts: 195; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
It would only be acceptable if the adapter docked in the phone.
39. phonetekmek (Posts: 70; Member since: 04 Oct 2013)
That reason has never been listed by the EU for the reason behind the ruliing. Where did you get that from?
5. Planterz (Posts: 1093; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
As much as I wish Apple would ditch their proprietary plugs and go with micro USB (LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE HAS), I have to admit that their Lightning plug is a great idea, since there's no "upside-down".
7. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 798; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)
Nokia's old charger, 360 degrees bitch!
But seriously, this charger should be the norm
45. Krjal (Posts: 73; Member since: 19 Dec 2013)
I know it doesn't help us now but the next USB standard will be reversable as well. Something to look forward to :)
47. McLTE (Posts: 714; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
The whole problem would be solved if Apple would work with other companies, and if the other companies would acknowledge that Apple has the BEST charger port by far.
I hate Apple with a passion, but I can give them credit on the lightning connector!
6. nestea (unregistered)
Lightning connector better because it works no matter how you plug it in while with micro-usb not. But like always, Apple haters doesnt need more practical stuff because oh now it is made by Apple.... ^^
21. Dingy_cellar_dweller (Posts: 195; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
I'd use the lighting plug on my Android phone.
The only problem is Apple would not allow it, guaranteed.
24. Jason78 (Posts: 76; Member since: 10 Apr 2013)
The next generation USB port will be reversable like Apple's lightning connector.
"Following a lead set by Apple with the Lightning connector used in the iPhone 5 and newer iPads and iPods, the USB Type-C plug and socket will fit either way up, avoiding fumbling to find the correct orientation, the group said.
The Type-C USB connector is meant to be used to deliver power, data and video across all devices without the need for another connector, the group said. It will however not work with existing USB plugs. The specification will define new-to-existing cables and adapters to allow users to use their existing products, the group said"
28. Augustine (Posts: 802; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
It's the other way around. China made micro-USB the sole charger in 2007. Europe is the one following suit.
I wonder how Apple complies with its versions sold in China...
31. quesoesgrande (Posts: 217; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)
The rest of the world should absolutely not. It isn't the governments job to regulate what kind a charger we use with our phones. That choice is up to the consumer, who chooses by buying the phone he wants.
48. McLTE (Posts: 714; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
In some instances, it IS the governments job.
Imagine ONE charging port for portable devices. No longer would each and every device some with a charger. That would eliminate MASSIVE amounts of waste.
50. AiAiRon (Posts: 10; Member since: 12 Mar 2014)
Should the government also regulate how many plastic cups you can use at your cook out or how many times you can change out your ink cartridge in your printer? Get a clue man!
51. Augustine (Posts: 802; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
This is a pretty good example of what goes for government regulation on one side: the venal issuance of norms to appease pet peeves among the electorate.
The other side is that regulations are written by the regulated which gives them license to exploit the people with protection by the state's monopoly of force.
10. NotAGeek (Posts: 160; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)
The only reason why apple use that proprietary connector is to force people to spend a lot of money for it.If we use other phones we can just use any kind of microUSB chargers.Meanwhile iDevices cannot charge without geniune connectors
11. darkvadervip (Posts: 343; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)
Putting all differences aside you guys got to admit the apple lighting charger end is more durable than any charger out there. For once it can't be put in the phone the wrong way and I've never had a problem with the piece that's in the phone. With other phones you have to put the piece in the rite way and eventually the piece in the phone goes bad or wiggles. Saying that it's not an android vs apple issue so don't make it out that way.
12. joey_sfb (Posts: 3261; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
Apple fans had problem using the micro usb charger? Lol!
Want Apple to do all the thinking for them. Open your wallet and empty them please!
16. reckless562 (Posts: 1011; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)
true, but honestly the lightning plug is what micro USB Shoulda been. the have the better moustrap with the no upsidedown honestly. now micro-usb 3.0 or 4.0 needs to be universal some how
18. joey_sfb (Posts: 3261; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
If Apple is willing to donate their lighting to be an open standard I will be happy to embrace it as well. I never have any problem with any sort of connectors.
They made it an open standard for wireless charging. No hidden patent and if any would be invalided.
22. tasior (Posts: 256; Member since: 04 Nov 2012)
I agree, that charger with no upside-down problem is a great idea, and would love to see it in different devices.
Nevertheless my friend with iPhone 5 is complaining at Apple's socket. It has connectivity issues. As I googled it, he is not alone in this problem... So I wouldn't boast about its durability...
29. Augustine (Posts: 802; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
The way that mini and micro-USB connectors are designed, it's not the socket, but the cable plug that wears down. So, if it wiggles, get a new, cheap cable.
34. Taters (Posts: 3601; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
Naw my Nexus 5 and wireless charging pad has a much better solution. Magnet guarantees an perfect placement and I don't even have to plug it in at all, let alone worrying about which side is up or down.
36. ePoch270 (Posts: 113; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)
As much as I dislike Apple and their for profit choice to have a proprietary charger, the solution should be to abolish dedicated chargers and insist that all chargers be USB based.
40. -box- (Posts: 3879; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
I'm confused. I thought the EU already had this as law, which is why so many OEMs (pretty much all but crabApple) switched to MicroUSB, and crabApple had to include the lightning-to-microUSB adaptor in several countries, but hiked the price 30 Euros to match the normal retail price of the model plus the 30-Euro accessory.
41. Augustine (Posts: 802; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
That's probably because of China, which has required a standard micro-USB charger since 2007.
43. rallyguy (Posts: 577; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)
What happens when new features or transfer/charging speeds can't be used because the governement won't allow the connected needed?
I can't believe so many people are actually wanting the government to control more of their life. Wake up.
44. Augustine (Posts: 802; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
In the best case, it's because people just never cultivated their political thinking beyond middle-school civics class. In the worst case, it's because people are just narcissistic and hellbent on using the power of the state to turn every facet of life into a mirror of their own little selves.