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Apple Might Be In Trouble In Europe, Here’s Why

by Victoria Marian Belmis / Feb 03, 2021 03:05 AM EST
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Apple, since its heyday, has been pushing innovation and uniqueness due to its free-thinking method of producing and creating its technology. But that may be restricted due to the result in a decision made in the European Parliament.

The European Parliament, in a 582 to 40 result, endorsed to make charging cables uniform to lawmakers. This essentially forces Apple to use the same charger as Android phones. 

For the resolution to officially be passed, the EU Commission would have to create a draft for the law and have successful voting on it by July. But the initial voting of 582-40 already seems like the final nail in the coffin for the topic, which is worrying for Apple. 

Most of the technology in the world related to mobility is already using or slowly adapting to USB-C. Even Apple's Macbook has made the switch to USB-C.

To put it simply, varying chargers for mobile phones and other gadgets in the market means more generated e-waste and a heightened escalation in the disdain of consumers, the resolution expresses. That being said, this legislation will mainly affect Apple's Lightning Cable.

"We hope the Commission will continue to seek a solution that does not restrict the industry's ability to innovate and bring exciting new technology to customers." Apple shared in a statement.

The reason why this resolution was thought of by the EU was due to e-waste. 50 million metric tons of e-waste are created globally per year, studies show.  

USB-C or Apple's proprietary Lightning cable: which is truly better? 

In terms of transfer speed, Lightning devices transfer data at speeds of up to 480Mbps, while USB-C can transfer data at speeds up to 5Gbps. This is a significant difference and only one of many reasons why USB-C is superior to Apple's lightning cable.

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