Here is a small revolution in our daily lives! Our proposal for a common charger for mobile phones and other devices was adopted today. No more entangled cables in our hallway drawers 😊 #DigitalEU #EndChargerChaos pic.twitter.com/hmLN5vCi2P
– Margrethe Vestager (@vestager) September 23, 2021
Since this step, the EU also promises that (within the EU) up to 11,000 tons of waste will not be generated each year. According to europa.eu, consumers should also save around 6.2 billion crowns a year by using only one power adapter for all small and medium-sized electronics. In addition to mobile phones, the directive also covers tablets, book readers, digital cameras, headphones and portable game consoles and speakers. The same fate awaits laptops, but they will have 40 months to “adapt” since the new directive enters into force (Autumn 2024).
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The agreement, which is due to be formally approved in the coming days, was preceded by protests by Apple, according to which the unification of connectors will lead to a reduction in innovation and will ultimately harm consumers. Given that Apple has not included a power adapter with iPhones for some time (but this is not the case with iPads) and is strongly pushing for MagSafe charging, it is highly likely that it may abandon wire charging as we know it by then.