The EU believes that if each mobile device uses the same charging interface, the consumer can easy to replace the charger and the corresponding data cable when changing the brand.
Reducing the burden on consumers while reducing the waste of resources caused by waste chargers, while reducing waste can also minimize damage to the natural environment, so the EU signed a mobile device charging interface agreement with manufacturers of multiple brands many years ago when Apple also participated in and signed the deal.
When Apple signed the agreement, it promised to replace the original 30PIN interface before 2011. Later, Apple did replace the interface of the device.
But Apple uses the Lightning interface instead of the micro USB interface used in the industry. Until now, more and more USB-C interfaces have been used, but Apple has been indifferent.
Given this, the EU began to threaten Apple’s claim to take enforcement measures, because Apple did not follow the original promise to use the industry’s mainstream charger interface.
EU Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager said, “Given the unsatisfactory progress with this voluntary approach, the Commission will shortly launch an impact assessment study to evaluate costs and benefits of different other options.”
However, what kind of enforcement measures will be temporarily unknown, so whether the EU can replace Apple with USB-C is also a matter of concern.