This afternoon.

Via IGN:

The directive would also force manufacturers to sell devices without bundled chargers, allowing consumers to keep using their existing USB-C cables. Fast charging would also become standard, meaning manufacturers couldn’t artifically limit the speed of USB-C charging, presumably in the hope of making proprietary chargers more attractive.

The EU Plans to Force Apple to Include USB-C Ports on Phones (IGN)

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21 thoughts on “Finally

  1. Micko

    Are we not moving away from having ports on phones altogether though?

    Probably would have been a good idea 10 years ago

    1. paul

      I was all set to buy one of those ‘put your phone on the thingy’ chargers a few months ago but they need a certain type of ‘back’ on the phone to work. My cheapo Android just doesn’t cut it.

      Bluetooth earphones are essential though.

      1. scottser

        I haven’t come across a set of bluetooth phones i’ve like yet. the sound quality is usually pretty poor, very squished top end, honky mids and muddy bass. i’ve monkeyed around with the phones eq and that dolby atmos yoke but they give me earache after a while.

        1. Micko

          I bought a set of AirPods Pro’s a while back.

          Very nice.

          200 blips from Amazon Germany.

          But nothing beats a nice set of proper over ear headphones.

      2. Rosette of Sirius

        If you’re in the Apple ecosystem, AirPod Pros are a good overall choice. If not, the Sony WF-1000XM4 in ears are very good. Actually, the Sonys will work great with Apple too however, as with all Bluetooth devices, there’re limitations to streaming bitrate and frequency. That said, for casual listening they’re fine. If you’re really committed then an external DAC and portable amplifier is one way to go for better mobile audio. However, if portable audio is that important to you, then a dedicated player is something to consider. I still use my Astell & Kern AK380 with a pair of custom in ear monitors daily and i love ’em.

    2. Man On Fire

      USB-C does more than just charge, its a mini hdmi port, capable of HD visual and audio signal aswell as charging.

      I run a full HD projector off my phone via USB-C, my phone has no audio auxiliary port but can Bluetooth the signal to a logitech mini studio speaker system.

      Its a fantastic port.. This is good news.

    3. Mr.T

      Nothing will ever beat physical cables – wired data transfer is faster, wired power transfer is faster (and less lossy)

      Wireless is a gimmick, all hail the wired

      1. Man On Fire

        Agree 100%, I don’t mind audio via bt, I have wireless hdmi setup, but only use it occasionally on the flat screen.

  2. Junkface

    Apple went to plop after Steve Jobs died. Almost zero innovation, if you count selling accessories and connectors as innovation. Their workstations aren’t even future proofed longer than 3 years now! Laughable rubbish. I’m using an 2017 iMac in work editing 4K videos. Its crashing and dying daily, now our company is switching to PC workstations for heavy lifting. Why would anyone buy iMacs beyond the need to see a fancy case? Vanity sells I guess. Its a scam though.

    1. Micko

      Yeah the last range of Intel Macs have been pants.

      I’m on a Mid 2012 Macbook Pro 15′ i7 – upgraded to 16gb of RAM and the HDD to a SSD a few years back.

      I bought it new from the Apple refurb store in 2013 – have well got my monies worth.

      It’s savage – and bloody massive. ;) Pre-retina of course.

      I run the entire Adobe Suite no bother. Sure it’s a bit slow in After Effects- but tis grand

      Am very temped by the M1 performance though.

      All reviews are great so far. Even the base models for video editing.

  3. Skeptik

    Government interference again, trying to force vaccines on us, now mandating universal charging cables.
    When will these attacks on our freedoms end?

  4. John F

    On the face of it, this seems like a good idea. However, I would be concerned about any centralised government limiting innovation and dictating standards. However, in the specific case of Apple, they have innovated very little over the past 10 years plus. They seem more interested in protecting their market position by handicapping competition and creating a walled off Apple ecosystem.
    Another issue that is going to be prominent in the next couple of years is right to repair and stopping planned obsolescence. Manufacturers stop third-party repairs by limiting their access to parts and other technical schematics. They would rather the consumer buys a new product from them rather than getting their old one fixed. How can this be good for the environment?

    1. Clampers Outside

      The EU is working on (or already has) Directives on product repair tackling issues like the cost of repair being so high that people just buy new, among other ‘sustainable’ issues.
      I think these same Directives will tackle some of the issues u raise here.

    2. paddy apathy

      How on earth is this “limiting innovation”? It limiting waste and nuisance. Proprietary cabling is nonsensical. This is a good thing. You’re ideology is clouding your judgement.

  5. Daisy Chainsaw

    Got a 3 metre USB C cable in Tiger last year for a couple of euros. Having an extra long cable has been so much handier.

    1. Nullzero

      You could use it to measure a safe distance between yourself and all the ratlickers. A great investment.

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