Apple: Universal charger would harm European economy

Thursday, 23. January 2020 18:16

Apple Inc. released a statement on Thursday answering the European Commission's proposal for implementing a universal phone charger, which would force the company to get rid of its so-called Lightning connector.

The technology giant claimed the decision would not stimulate innovation and hinder it instead, while noting this type of change "would harm consumers in Europe and the economy as a whole" and expressing hopes the Commission would not "restrict" Apple's ability to "bring exciting new technology to customers."

Earlier in January, Vice-President of the European Commission for Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight Maros Sefcovic said that adopting a universal phone charger for all mobile devices would aid in reducing electronic waste, as well as make it more convenient for consumers to navigate the technology.

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