This has been a pious wish of the European Union for many years now. While 10 years ago, companies around the world offered their own charging systems, with cables and connectors all different from each other, the time had come for standardization.
If today USB-C is becoming the standard throughout the world, gradually replacing USB-A and micro-USB, some companies continue to play the irreducible Gauls who refuse to bend to the rules of the invader. In the case of Europe, Asterix would be played by Apple and the Romans would be the European Union, which is trying to impose their connectivity on the Cupertino company, without much success for the moment.
Apple: the last bastion against standardization
But unlike the comics of Uderzo and Goscinny, the Gauls may well be forced to admit defeat in this battle as technological as it is legal. Determined to make USB-C the universal connector, the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee plans to create new rules to force Apple to change.
The idea of the European Union could be summed up in just a few words: to make life easier for users, who could use the same charging cable for all devices. The ultimate goal is for all products to use USB-C, even if this puts a considerable brake on the development of new, more efficient and less energy-consuming solutions, as Apple regrets.
USB-C, wireless, the future already exists
The only exception made by the European Commission, connected watches and other tracers which is too small to have the right to USB-C. These should keep other connections, including wireless. But here again, we learn that the European Commission wants to toughen up the tone.
New rules could therefore make the production of these chargers more complicated so that they are more durable over time and produce less electronic waste. In addition to this ecological aspiration, the European Commission hopes to be able to simplify product packaging. The idea would thus be to inform the potential buyer whether or not the product contains a charging cable, this could avoid confusion and unnecessary purchases.