Senators call for US to adopt common charger – TechCrunch

A little over a week ago, the European Union reached an agreement To do this, hardware manufacturers must introduce a common charger – in particular the USB-C standard – by 2024. A trio of Democratic senators sent yesterday an open letter to Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo, who is urging the United States to follow suit.

The letter, signed by Vermont’s Bernie Sanders and Massachusetts’ Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, points to consumer frustration, costs and a rise in e-waste due to the proliferation of various charging cables. Specifically, the letter mentions a number from the EU, which states that chargers alone cause around 11,000 tons of electronic waste every year.

“This policy has the potential to significantly reduce e-waste and help consumers who are tired of rummaging through junk drawers full of tangled chargers to find a compatible one or buy a new one,” the lawmakers note. “The EU has wisely acted in the public interest by taking on powerful tech companies over this consumer and environmental issue. The United States should do the same.”

USB-C has, of course, been widely embraced by a number of manufacturers across the industry. However, there are some holdouts that either continue to use older standards like Micro-USB or are banking on their own proprietary ports. Apple’s iPhone is the most notable example of the latter. While the company has rolled out USB-C for MacBooks and iPads, its phones still feature the first-party Lightning cable.

Such legislation would require the company to move to USB-C. The upcoming iPhone 14 is rumored to come with Lightning, while rumors point to the arrival of USB-C for next year’s Pro models.

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