Smartphones enter the era of “unified charging” soon


The European Union Commission has proposed legislation to make it mandatory to use a common charging port for electronic devices.

Like smartphones, tablets, and headphones sold in the EU, the introduction of new charging will particularly affect companies like Apple.


The European Union (EU) Commission has prepared a legislative proposal to standardize different charging ports such as USB-C, Micro USB, and Lightning for various electronic devices.

Accordingly, all phones, tablets, and headphones sold in the European Union will need a common charging port.

Manufacturers will also have to put a USB-C charging port on electronic devices, and in addition, fast charging technologies for devices will be coordinated.

A new charger will not be provided with each newly purchased device, but chargers for electronic devices will be sold separately.

The relevant regulation will cover devices such as smartphones, tablets, digital cameras, headphones, portable speakers, and portable game consoles.


The proposal aims to prevent consumers from carrying a large number of cables and chargers and to be able to use a single charger for various electronic products.

The regulation, which also aims to reduce damage to the environment and waste, must be approved by the European Parliament (EP) and the European Council for it to come into force.

After these approvals, a transition period of 24 months is expected, followed by the imposition of standard fees.

Currently, most Android devices charge via the USB-C port, and new laptops with headphones and many other accessories use the same socket.

This regulation is expected to affect Apple in particular.

Apple uses a different input called lightning on its smartphones, tablets, and headphones.

But the company prefers to insert USB-C into new iPads and laptops.


Apple claims that standardized entry will hurt innovation, increase e-waste, and upset the consumer.