EU Approves Phone Charger Reform, Forcing Apple To Adapt

BERLIN, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 16:  A visitor tries out an Apple iPhone 7 on the first day of sales of the new phone at the Berlin Apple store on September 16, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. The new phone comes in two sizes, one with a 4.7 inch display, the other with a 5.5 inch display.   (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • The European Parliament approved new rules on Tuesday that will introduce a single charging port for mobile phones in the European Union.
  • Among big providers of electronic devices to European customers, Apple is expected to be among the most affected. Still, analysts also expect a positive impact because it could encourage shoppers to buy the company’s latest gadgets instead of those without USB-C.
  • Apple, Samsung, and Huawei were not immediately available for comments.

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