The UK will not follow the EU's example and will require smartphone manufacturers, including Apple, to include a common charging cable in their products.

Earlier this week, European lawmakers confirmed that most types of consumer electronics should include a USB Type-C port, citing significant amounts of e-waste caused by unused chargers and the inconvenience users of USB devices experience. Android and iPhone which need different cables for different devices. .

The rules cover smartphones, tablets, e-readers, headphones, digital cameras, earphones and headphones, handheld video game consoles and portable speakers, while laptops will need to fit within 40 months of the rules taking effect. Wireless charging isn't covered, but could be added later.

Finally, a Brexit dividend?

The EU says its new rules will benefit consumers, saving them €250 million a year and avoiding 11.000 tonnes of electronic waste.

However, the UK government, perhaps desperate to signal that the UK is free of so-called Brussels "bureaucracy" in a post-Brexit world, has said that it "currently" does not plan to do the same. Despite this stance, UK consumers are likely to take a hit.

Under the terms of the EU withdrawal agreement, the regulations would apply to Northern Ireland. Meanwhile, manufacturers will have to adapt their designs or launch special models for the European market to comply with regulations. Either way, these devices could be stocked on UK shelves.

Critics of the EU rules say they will stifle innovation. Apple, which will be disproportionately affected by the policy because of its proprietary Lightning interface. Apple has consistently opposed any injunction, arguing that it would create a huge amount of electronic waste as consumers get rid of their old Lightning chargers.

Via BBC (Opens in a new tab)

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