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Apple lightning pin charger threatened by common charger EU law draft

Sam Loveridge

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Apple lightning charger

Apple could be forced to scrap its proprietary charger as a new EU law has been provisionally drawn up.

Following the agreement of a provisional deal by the EU, Apple could be forced to use a universal charger for all its gadgets as soon as 2017.

EU lawmakers have drawn up a provisional legal document outlining a requirement for all mobile phone manufacturers to use a universal battery charger.

Currently smartphone manufacturers can use whatever charger they like for their mobile devices, although the majority use microUSB or microHDMI.

Consumers have been demanding an industry-wide standard for some years, but as yet nothing has been done to implement such a change.

However, this draft EU legislation will be voted on by the Members of European Parliament and the Council of the European Union in March 2014 and if it gets passed, each EU country will have two years to change the legislation into national law.

Smartphone manufacturers will then have a year more to implement the changes, meaning it would have to be complete by the end of 2017.

Apple is the main smartphone and tablet manufacturer to use a proprietary charger, with the latest one being the Lightning charger introduced with the iPad 4, iPhone 5 and iPad mini.

All of Appleā€™s new kit like the iPad Air and iPhone 5S use the lightening charger, so Apple may have to change the battery charger it uses for future iPhone and iPad devices.

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imaginarynumber

December 19, 2013, 9:33 pm

there are phones that charge via micro HDMI?

toboev

December 20, 2013, 7:37 am

Surely the cable and the charger are two different things? You can already charge an iPhone from a generic USB charger, you just need to use an Apple cable. Although I am no fan of Apple, their connector seems far more convenient than the micro-USB one which you only have a 50% chance (or less, accounting for Sod's law) of getting the right way around first go.

Prem Desai

December 20, 2013, 10:32 am

Oh goodie. At last common sense prevails.

The lightning connector is one of the most useless and expensive bit of kit ever devised.

Apple have inserted a chip into the connector to make it smart. The chip costs money. Why not insert the chip into the device itself and use a standard micro USB connector.

After all, even tne 'smart' lightning connect is USB based on the other side!!!!

I feel Apple wants to make even more money by selling these chips. I can almost understand that but they're shooting themselves in the foot because all accessories now cost more.

Additionally, one would have to carry a lightning cable with them wherever they went as they are not common everywhere and too expensive to buy several for home, office, car, etc.

People may think I'm crazy, but the lightning connector is why I ditched my iPhone for something else.

Keith

December 20, 2013, 3:18 pm

Good point!!, is it the charger, or is it the cable. I've currently got the HTC ONE, and when I come to charge I have no option but to turn the lights on when plugging in, when I had the iPhone with the older connector it was a lot easer, and the new connector looks even easer. So I have no issues with Apple using a different connector, but authentication chip is another matter, maybe the EU could force Apple to stop playing god with third party accessories.

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