A new push for one charging standard may fry Apple's Lightning port

A new push for one charging standard may fry Apple's Lightning port
The European Commission is on the Silicon Valley juggernauts like flies on honey, dispersing fines left and right to Google and Apple, or threatening Facebook and some others with consequences if they don't comply with Europe's strict digital privacy regulations.

It's a force to be reckoned with, as it manages the telecommunication realities in an affluent 500 million people market, and last year abolished roaming charges across the Europe. Thus, when EU competition chief Margrethe Vestager speaks that phone makers should standardize their chargers, as agreed upon way back in 2009, Apple and the rest of the gang better listen. It turns out that the Commission has ordered a study to determine if and when punitive actions have to be taken against companies that refuse to standardize the chargers that go with their electronic devices, phones included.

It turns out that the EU has to deal with 51,000 tons of e-waste in the form of old chargers and cables, and it is now determined to enforce a Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2009, and renewed in 2013, where gadget makers agree to agree on a common standard. Fast forward to 2018, and Apple is using its Lightning port, some are using USB-C, others are still on micro USB, and so on. 

The word "study" shouldn't put Apple at ease since that's the last stage that the Commission uses to determine how to punish those who don't comply, and at the end of the process, there is usually legislation that will be enforced in one way or another. Could Apple get away with just putting another dongle in the box? Not this time, it seems.

source: Reuters



1. IT-Engineer

Posts: 577; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

Apple is fighting by their teeth not to implement USB type c, so that they can keep on selling more accessories to their customers.

8. bucky

Posts: 3794; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

No, so that all the accessories and support for Apple products isn’t shared with android- can you blame them?

17. vincelongman

Posts: 5748; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Yes They shouldn't be allowed to continue their such anti competitive and anti consumer acts

2. shiv179

Posts: 190; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

Those dongle accessories make so much profit for Apple! Hahahaha

3. 36dbldz

Posts: 15; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

But if they do have to go to usb c then all the wired headphones will be so much better than they are now

15. japkoslav

Posts: 1552; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

No they won't be. Try to read something about this issue ... not an ad, real article.

4. VigneshRaja

Posts: 49; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

How could they become $2 trillion company if they do not sell stupid accessories?

5. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

Apple will try to convince the EU that everyone else is doing it wrong and should adopt the Lightning Port as the industry standard. If they succeed they'll probably turn around and sue everyone for copying it. If they don't succeed they'll take it out of the box and sell it as an accessory and be on their way to $2 Trillion.

7. jmarti

Posts: 7; Member since: Jun 19, 2018

As this point it’s a little too late in my opinion, by the time EU makes a move to fine them, Apple is going to imply that the lighting port is for audio listening. Wireless charging will be in full swing with usb-c if the rumors are true.

10. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

If EU is all that, why did it take them years to look non compliance of standardized plugs with Apple. My guess, it didn't bother the upper class that mainly is using them. It only bothers them when it's for the masses. F to commissions, half a billion gets to dictate to 6+ billion. What a load.

11. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1346; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

The commissions decision would only apply to devices sold in Europe. Manufactures would still be free to use different ports elsewhere.


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Apple needs to comply period! Otherwise they will have sanctions against them! It is good that we should have one standard, also helps the environment.

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