UK won’t follow EU and demand all mobile phones have a common USB-C charger

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The UK will not follow the EU’s lead and demand smartphone manufacturers – including Apple – include a common charging cable in their products.

Earlier this week, European lawmakers confirmed most types of consumer electronics would have to include a USB Type-C port, citing significant amounts of electronic waste caused by unused chargers and the inconvenience suffered by Android and iPhone users who need different cables for different devices.

The rules cover smartphones, tablets, e-readers, earbuds, digital cameras, headphones and headsets, handheld videogame consoles and portable speakers, while laptops will have to be adapted within 40 months …

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