December 23, 2013
The European Union has given the bad news of the week to Apple and the rest of the mobile phone manufacturing companies. Its legislators closed an agreement to carry out a draft regulation by which, as of 2017, a type of standard battery charger will be established.
All manufacturers of consumer electronics products will be affected by this regulation, whose vote is scheduled for March 2014 at the earliest, although it will not take effect until three years later. This period of time is due to the fact that once approved, each EU Member State will have to make it one of its own national laws.
If this initiative is successful, Apple will lose one of its hallmarks: its innovative ‘lightning’ connector. This cable, used for data and power transfer, was introduced in September 2012 to be used with the new iPhones, iPads and iPods, and as a substitute for the classic 30-pin connector (‘lightning’ has 8).
via The EU bets on the single connector and Apple could say goodbye to ‘lightning’ – Silicon News.
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