EU warns Apple that limiting the functionality of USB-C cables would not be permitted
According to reports, the European Union is taking steps to ensure that Apple will not limit the USB-C Cable charging speed and data transfer rate of iPhone 15 and later products (iPhone 15 will fully use the Type-C interface). Apple is likely to include USB-C accessories in the MFi certification program, which is designed to certify products that meet Apple’s quality standards. In February, rumors swirled that Apple would limit the charging and data transfer speeds of non-certified USB-C accessories, but the EU nipped that in the bud. In response to this rumor, European Commissioner Thierry Breton has sent Apple a letter warning the company that limiting the functionality of USB-C cables would not be permitted and would prevent iPhones from being sold in the EU when the law goes into effect, according to German newspaper Die Zeit. The letter was obtained by German press agency DPA, and the report says the EU also warned Apple during a meeting in mid-March.
Previously, some people in the industry have said that the fastest charging speed can only be ensured when using Apple’s original charging cable. The European Union is taking steps to ensure that Apple does not limit USB-C charging and data transfer speeds for the iPhone 15 and later. The EU’s warning letter is a stern warning to Apple. If Apple does not change its behavior, it may face more severe penalties. This also means that Apple’s smartphones may be banned from the EU market. Apple said in this regard that they have been working hard to protect their brand and product quality, and limiting the charging speed of third-party accessories is to ensure the safety of users and the stability of products. They believe that this practice is to protect the interests of consumers, rather than restrict market competition. However, Apple’s claims have not been shared by consumers and competitors. They believe that Apple’s actions are restricting market competition and violating the principle of fair competition. They hope that the EU can take more stringent measures to protect the interests of consumers and fair competition in the market.
In February, rumors surfaced that Apple would limit the charging and data transfer speeds of non-certified USB-C accessories. The European Commission criticized Apple in March for trying to circumvent EU regulations. It is reported that the European Union passed a bill aimed at unifying the charging interface of portable smart electronic devices in October 2022, requiring electronic devices such as mobile phones and tablet computers to use a unified USB-C interface to reduce the generation of electronic waste and environmental damage. Impact. However, this bill will not be officially implemented until December 2024, and only electronic devices sold after that will apply to this new regulation.
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