EU Makes USB C A Unified Standard, But Apple Resists

It is already public knowledge that the European Union is trying to unify the charging interface for devices. Presently, we hear questions like “Do you have an Apple (or an iPhone) charging cable?”, and you will get a response like  “No, I use Android”. This situation can be really inconvenient when you are on a fix. Europe is trying to curb this situation through the unification of charging interfaces. The latest EU proposal requires the electronics industry to uniformly use USB Type-C as a standard for charging equipment. The purpose is to reduce e-waste and bring consumers a more convenient user experience.

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The European Commission proposed that USB Type-C will become a standard port for all smartphones, tablets, cameras, headsets, Bluetooth speakers, and game consoles. Whether you are at home or going out, you only need a charger irrespective of the number of devices you have. Of course, this is more convenient.

Let us now look at the top four critical points as the EU plans to unify the charging interface.

Point 1: EU’s Proposal

The first point to consider is the proposal from the EU. We all know that the EU wants the USB Type-C for all devices. However, this is not all that the EU requires for the unification of the charging interface. Other requirements include

  • Other interfaces, such as Lightning, will be prohibited in the European market
  • Fast charging technology will have the same charging speed. The charger parameters of each merchant will have to be at a uniform level. This will allow different devices to be compatible.
  • Chargers will sell separately from electronic devices. Consumers are free to choose whether they need to purchase chargers.
  • The manufacturer must clearly provide the charging parameters of the electronic device. It is up to the consumer to decide whether to update the charger.

In other words, the European Union not only wants to make the charging interface uniform but also the fast charging standard.

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Point 2: Current market situation (charging interface)

Presently, there is huge ambiguity in the market in terms of charging interface. There are different types of charging interfaces across different devices. However, the USB and Lightning interfaces are by far the most common. The USB Type-C, as well as the Lightning charging interface, are the safest and not easy to damage.

The USB Type-C port can be adapted to USB 3.0 is much more powerful than the Lightning interface in terms of transmission speed and power.

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Point 3: Ambiguity in the Android world

Android and Apple chargers are not compatible. Can Android chargers of different brands with the same socket type be universal? Although most of these Android devices use the same USB Type-C interface, they have different power levels. Various mobile phone manufacturers have developed their own unique fast charging technology. As of now, fast charging capacity above 50W is very popular.

Chinese manufacturer, Xiaomi, hit 50W a few years ago and with the Mi 10 Ultra, it soared to 120W. Vivo and Oppo have fast charging technologies up to 120W and 125W respectively. As long as the charging head and the chip of the electronic device support each other, fast charging can be achieved when there is an agreement.

So, can chargers with a different fast-charging power work on a device? Yes, but not necessary. Devices that do not support the charging power of the charger will not reflect the charging speed. For instance, a smartphone that supports 25W fast charging will not charge at 120W even if you use a 120W fast charger. This smartphone will at best charge at the maximum 25W that it supports.


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Top 4 notable points as the EU plans to unify the charging interface


Top 4 notable points as the EU plans to unify the charging interface

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