EU regulators could force Apple to use the same phone chargers as Android phones

The European Commission has been pushing for a common loader for almost a decade, citing more than 51,000 tons of electronic waste generated annually from previous charges

EU regulators plan to study whether there is a need for a common smart phone charger standard.

Officials have complained about the lack of progress toward this goal among smartphone manufacturers.

The European Commission has been pushing for a common loader for almost a decade, citing more than 51,000 tons of electronic waste generated annually on previous charges.

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The European Commission has been pushing for a common loader for almost a decade, citing more than 51,000 tons of electronic waste generated annually from previous charges

The European Commission has been pushing for a common loader for almost a decade, citing more than 51,000 tons of electronic waste generated annually from previous charges

They also noticed the inconveniences for consumers.

Android and iPhone users have complained for a long time about the use of different chargers for their phones.

In response to pressure from the EU, 14 companies such as Apple, Samsung, Huawei and Nokia signed a voluntary Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in 2009.

As part of the MoU, they agreed to harmonize the chargers for the new smartphone models that will enter the market in 2011.

Some of the companies subsequently signed letters of intent in 2013 and 2014 after the MoU expired in 2012.

Apple continues to push its lightning cable charging standard, which it launched with the iPhone 5 in 2012.

EU officials also noted the inconvenience to customers that has been caused by the lack of a common cargo standard. Android and iPhone users have complained for a long time about this

EU officials also noted the inconvenience to customers that has been caused by the lack of a common cargo standard. Android and iPhone users have complained for a long time about this

EU officials also noted the inconvenience to customers that has been caused by the lack of a common cargo standard. Android and iPhone users have complained for a long time about this

The EU executive said he was not happy with the status quo.

"Given the unsatisfactory progress with this voluntary approach, the Commission will soon launch an impact assessment study to assess the costs and benefits of other different options," said EU Competition Director Margrethe Vestager, in a response from the 1 August to a consultation of an EU legislator.

These studies help the Commission to decide if it is necessary to act and to analyze the impact of various options.

USB-C chargers are currently the most popular device in the market.

This makes it possible for Apple to move away from its lighting charging cable and adopt the USB-C standard.

The loader design shown in the representation also means a significant deviation from previous iterations, such as the one shown, which has a more square shape

The loader design shown in the representation also means a significant deviation from previous iterations, such as the one shown, which has a more square shape

Users have to buy a USB-C to Lightning cable, as well as a USB-C power adapter that can deliver 29 watts, 61 watts or 87 watts of power

Users have to buy a USB-C to Lightning cable, as well as a USB-C power adapter that can deliver 29 watts, 61 watts or 87 watts of power

USB-C chargers are currently the most popular device in the market. Apple may have to move away from its lighting charging cable and adopt the USB-C standard

HOW DOES THE WIRELESS CHARGE WORK?

Wireless charging as a concept has existed since Nikola Tesla, a Croatian inventor, first suggested in the 19th century that energy could be transferred between two objects through an electromagnetic field.

The loading platform contains a loop of cables wrapped around a bar magnet, known as an inductor.

When an electric current passes through the network through the spiral cable, it creates an electromagnetic field around the magnet.

This can be used to transfer a voltage (or charge) to the smartphone.

Apple's new charging system operates at 7.5 watts.

This means that it will not offer faster charging speeds than conventional chargers, which offer 15 watts as standard.

The move occurs when, according to reports, Apple decided to completely eliminate the power cord in favor of wireless charging.

It is not clear how wireless charging would be reflected in the common charging standard, in case the EU establishes one.

Apple engineers wanted to finish the cable charge and switch to wireless charging with the 10th anniversary device, Bloomberg reported.

Finally, they decided not to do so, since wireless charging is even slower than traditional charging technology.

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