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12-21-2013, 04:54 AM #1
European Lawmakers Draft Legislation that may force Apple to Change its Connectors
European lawmakers agreed to draft legislation that will force all mobile phone manufacturers to consent to the use of a common standard for battery chargers, a standard which can fit any device. The draft could be voted on by the European Parliament as early as March 2014. Although many see this as a huge win for consumers who would no longer have to purchase new charging accessories for different devices, it could potentially be a big blow for Apple. This is because the Cupertino California company uses a proprietary plug, the Lightning connector, in all of its iOS product lines.
David Gilbert of Yahoo News reports the following regarding the matter:
The draft EU legislation could be voted on by the EU parliament as soon as March 2014, and if it passes this stage each member country will be given two years to transpose the legislation into national law, with manufacturers like Apple and Samsung given a further year to implement the changes, meaning 2017 is the earliest we will see the changes come into effect.
The mobile phone market is obviously a global one, so the impact of any changes made in the EU will have much wider reaching effects, as manufacturers will be reticent to produce different versions of their phones for different markets.
As of right now, others changes included in the draft legislation include new regulations forcing manufacturers to register their products prior to the market release. A similar program seems to already be in place in the US where the FCC must approve products prior to sales.
We’ll have to wait and see what comes of the whole ordeal.
Source: Yahoo News
12-21-2013, 06:23 AM #2
So stupid. Are they gonna try and make all car companies use the same wheel lug pattern too????
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12-21-2013, 07:08 AM #3
All of the European officials are mad that their Blackberry power cords doesn't work on their new iPhones and iPads.
12-21-2013, 07:53 AM #4
If only they would enact a law that would prevent manufacturers from putting DRM chips in cables, or another one that prevents them from using chips at all, that would be what we need.
It's stupid that the cables cost $40+ because they stuck a chip in it that should be on the machine side instead.
12-21-2013, 09:02 AM #5
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12-21-2013, 09:04 AM #6
This law is bullsh1t. What's going to happen if this passes is that none of the manufacturers will want it and they'll just make a port the size of a needle that's barely passes any electricity. An altogether bad idea.
12-21-2013, 09:09 AM #7
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12-21-2013, 09:10 AM #8
Make an adapter that sells with all iDevices sold in the EU. Problem solved.
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12-21-2013, 09:23 AM #9
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12-21-2013, 09:33 AM #10
I noticed that dx.com (Deal Extreme) no longer sells iPhone cables or power adapters. :-/
12-21-2013, 11:37 AM #11
12-21-2013, 11:52 AM #12
That's ok as all Apple and any other company has to say is that its a 'data connection' that happens to charge the phone as well.
12-21-2013, 12:35 PM #13
It's never been a problem so why make it one?
12-21-2013, 01:34 PM #14
Anyway, you're just repeating adages free-market Capitalists repeat without attributing any real value neither to those adages nor the issue at hand. The reason companies should conform to government rules is to keep mercury from being in our cereal. And the problem with this particular law wouldn't be that it would "hinder innovation and creativity," but hinder much of what we already have today—that is, different-sized devices and connectors that serve different means (mag-locks, larger ones for larger devices [sturdier], etc.). The "innovation and creativity" part comes second to that, you parrot.
12-21-2013, 01:51 PM #15
Wireless Charging is next.
12-21-2013, 01:55 PM #16
If this rule only covers connections that serve only the purpose of providing power, then that makes sense to me. However, I don't know of any mobile phones that are currently manufactured that have that so it would be pointless really. If the rule covered all portable devices then it would be a different story, I could ditch my 87 power adapter connectors that i currently have!
12-21-2013, 02:00 PM #17
12-21-2013, 02:10 PM #18
This is stupid. They're trying to force a standard? They say it's good for consumers, but I'm a consumer and own all apple products. Changing the cable would force me to do what they're trying to prevent...buying adapters!
12-21-2013, 02:36 PM #19
this will only work if they make it so all phones can use wireless charging but leave all original ports on phones for other functions
12-21-2013, 02:40 PM #20
It's really pathetic when the government gets involved with cell phone charging cables.