EU politicians have voted for a law requiring all new portable devices to use a USB-C charging cable from now on.  Currently devices generally use USB-C, micro USB and Apple’s Lightning cable.  Although after Brexit this will not effect England, Wales and Scotland, it could apply to Northern Ireland.

The change will mean that consumers will only have to have the one type of cable, helping to reduce clutter and waste.  Apple is against the ruling, back in 2021 the commented “Strict regulation mandating just one type of connector stifles innovation rather than encouraging it, which in turn will harm consumers in Europe and around the world”.

Devices that will be affected by the ruling will include:

  • mobile phones
  • tablets
  • e-readers
  • mice and keyboards
  • GPS (global positioning system) devices
  • headphones, headsets and earphones
  • digital cameras
  • handheld videogame consoles
  • portable speakers

How do you feel about this change?