Apple to Release Micro-USB Adapter for iPhone in the UK
Last year the European Union decided that all new cellular telephones should be able to recharge using a standard micro-USB adapter. By agreeing to use a universal charger, the EU hopes to cut down on e-waste and eliminate the need for cell phone manufactures to include a new charging unit with every phone that is sold.
Instead of redesigning the latest iPhone, however, Apple has instead chosen to create a micro-USB dongle to comply with the new law. This lets Apple avoid any nasty fines while at the same time allows them to maintain compatibility with a wide array of third-party accessories already available throughout the world.
Appleís micro-USB adapter will cost £8.00 (about $12) when it ships October 14th. No word yet if itís coming to the US any time soon. Itís also not yet clear if this device will do anything other than charge an iPhone. Hopefully, it will let you sync your iDevice at the very least.
According to the Apple Store in the UK, ďThe Apple iPhone Micro USB Adapter allows you to use third-party micro USB cables and chargers to sync or charge your iPhone. Simply connect your iPhone to the Micro USB Adapter, then connect a micro USB cable or charger to the Micro USB Adapter.Ē
Apple has a long history of using propriety connections with their devices. Who can forget the square HDI-30 SCSI adapters that Apple used on first-generation PowerBook models. Thankfully, SCSI is now a thing of the past. Hopefully, this new adapter will help Apple cut down on e-waste as well.