This is great! And if the EU requires it, manufacturers will probably include the same compatibility in other markets (as it's cheaper to just make one kind of device).
@EU_Commission Hi! It would be super helpful if this post linked to a press release or the text of the updated directive. I'm happy about this but having a hard time finding anything but news articles, or documents from last year.
Thank you @EU_Commission !
#fuckApple and all companies that lobbied against it.
Next, maybe force end of life hardware to be made #opensource? There are millions of devices out there that cannot be used because they aren't supported anymore. It's an #environmental problem with all #eWaste out there.
No support = no closed source
Yes, it includes laptops.
"Laptops will also have to be adapted to the requirements by 40 months after the entry into force."
As far as I can tell, Apple will be forced to have USB-C built in on all iPhones, not just a dongle:
"(Portable electronic devices) will have to be equipped with a USB Type-C port, regardless of their manufacturer."
@EU_Commission now please make vendors to release HW&SW under public licensing after warranty's end. Less waste just because SW is not supported after 3-5 years in production.
@EU_Commission That would have been worth boosting if it hadn’t been for the animation without alt text
@EU_Commission also, for those who want to learn more
“By autumn 2024, USB Type-C will become the common charging port for all mobile phones, tablets and cameras in the EU, Parliament and Council negotiators agreed today.“
I'm not sure if all the Apple users out there are ready to be connected to the rest of the society yet. We might need to spend some effort on integrating them, so they don't drop out of society now that their little bubble will be popped 😅
@EU_Commission That's cool! But are you really focusing on phones? Most phones does this already. The main problem is not phones, but laptops, smart watches and all kinds of medium to small electronics. What does the "..." in your toot entail?
It covers everything portable and electronic:
"We are proud that laptops, e-readers, earbuds, keyboards, computer mice, and portable navigation devices are also included in addition to smartphones, tablets, digital cameras, headphones and headsets, handheld videogame consoles and portable speakers. "
@EU_Commission I understand that lots of cables can be inconvenient. But does the European government really need to get involved in this? Are there no other things you can occupy yourselves with than these pettifoggery issues? This is why I think the European Union is seriously overreaching and a superfluous institution.
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