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EU parliament members call for universal charger

Jan 31, 2020 12:29 IST

Members of the European Parliament have voted in favour of rules to establish a universal charger to be used by mobile device makers across Europe. The resolution, passed with 582 votes to 40, is requesting the European commission to draft laws that make sure that consumer's don't have to buy new chargers with each new mobile device they purchase. Tech giant Apple, being the only one that hasn't adopted the USB-C connector for its iPhones, has criticised the decision, claiming that the industry is already moving towards it, and that regulation to force conformity could hamper innovation. While lawmakers have argued the move is an attempt to reduce electronic waste, Apple has said an abrupt switch like the one being called for would result in a large amount of e-waste as well.