"Manufacturers will be forced to create a universal charging solution for phones and small electronic devices, under a new rule proposed by the European Commission (EC)."
"The aim is to reduce waste by encouraging consumers to re-use existing chargers when buying a new device.
All smartphones sold in the EU must have USB-C chargers, the proposal said."
Not before time, it should be a good thing for users of all devices, mobile phones, iPads and laptops.
As much as I like Apple devices it’s a real problem when all my devices have different chargers and different cables too. The latest iPhone came without the usual charger, fortunately the new MacBook Pro laptop can be used instead of buying a charger on top of the cost of the iPhone. All I do is to use the cable that came with the iPhone and plug it into one of the four USB ports, as long as the laptop is on it charges very quickly.
The way technology is going I can see all chargers, as we know them, becoming obsolete in favour of the new way of charging devices, particularly mobile phones. The mobile phone is placed on top of another device which charges without any need to connect a cable to it. I’ve not seen one as yet but family does use them, they are supposed to be very good they say.
Ive got one for my Samsung phone there great As i work in building trade the phone port gets dust and grit in it and soon stops working so I blanked off as well as charging my phone it charges my ear buds
Yes, I had heard that from family, the younger ones of course as they are always those who get these gadgets first! A dusty or damaged charging port is often given as one reason for charging problems when people ask questions on the Apple forum. Not surprising you have that problem working in the building trade. No idea of the cost of those new type of chargers though, would they compare with the cost of those that Apple sell I wonder? The one I needed for my iPhone would have been £25 ($34.20 US dollars) to buy but as indicated I saved that expense.
It’s a great idea that has a lot of merit, but it has drawbacks too.
So far for example it has resulted in Europeans paying higher prices for their phones because the manufacturers are charging the same retail price without a charger in the box as they did when one was included.
Most of my IT ‘stuff’ rely on USB ‘B’ connectors and all I use is a lead from the wall sockets which have standard USB charging ports. My last replacement small Nokia mobile wasn’t suppled with a charger and that too has a USB ‘B’ socket in the end for a cable. I also use the USB socket in the back of TV for charging when switched on.
I also have C to B adaptors for when the grandchildren are in need of a boost.
How does the choice of screw/bolt heads make life miserable? There are whole ranges of suitably drivers out there. I can remember my first encounter with Torx Star head, so I nipped out to the local tool factors and bought a set of heads for my socket set. One thing good about metrication, most heads/recesses are now standard.