Apple furious at EU plan for standard chargers

Apple is not happy.
The EU has announced plans for all tech companies to use the same charging ports for phones, tablets, game consoles and many other devices.
And that affects the Silicon Valley giant more than any other brand.
It uses a different cable than the USB-C port that Brussels wants to make the standard.
New Android phones are already tending to use the EU's preferred port.
Apple says regulation will stifle innovation and harm consumers.
Industry Commissioner Thierry Breton sees it differently.
He says that this means people no longer need a mess of different cables and can power all of their devices from the same charger.
Breton dismissed concerns about the innovation, claiming the move was aimed at Apple:
"No, that's not against innovation at all. By the way, it's not against anyone. It's just everything we do - like everything I do as a Commissioner and everything we do as a Commission - for consumers."
The Commission also sees environmental benefits.
She estimates that by reducing charger production, 1,000 tons of electronic waste can be avoided and CO2 emissions reduced at the same time.
Now the proposal needs the green light from the EU member states and the legislature.
After that, companies have two years to customize their devices.
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