Just over a week ago, the EU passed a rule requiring all devices in the region to be equipped with charging ports of a single standard – USB-C. The initiative was intercepted by three US Senators, US Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo (Gina Raimondo) Open letter (PDF) with the call to introduce the same standard in America.
The document cites American consumers’ dissatisfaction with the need for different devices to use different charging cables. The authors of the letter referred to figures previously given by EU experts: 11,000 tons of electronic waste are produced annually by chargers alone.
“This policy can significantly reduce e-waste and help consumers who are tired of rummaging through boxes of cluttered chargers to find a compatible one or are forced to buy a new one. The EU has acted wisely in the public interest by taking up the challenge of powerful tech companies on this consumer and environmental issue. The United States must do the same.”it says in the open letter.
The USB-C connector has already become the de facto standard for mobile devices – the exceptions are budget gadgets that use outdated Micro-USB and Apple products that use proprietary Lightning in some cases. However, according to recent data, Apple has already started testing USB-C on prototypes of the new iPhones.