Thursday, December 30, 2010

European Commission Formally Chosen Micro-USB as Cell Phone Charger

The European Union wants to simplify the charging of cell phones by imposing a single connector, micro-USB . If this port should be integrated directly into the phone, Apple was forced to reconsider its iPhone design to integrate the port in question and possibly even leave the dock port which equips all its mobile products since the third generation iPod.

Following a mandate from the European Commission, the European Standardisation Bodies CEN-CENELEC and ETSI have now made available the harmonised standards needed for the manufacture of data-enabled mobile phones compatible with a new common charger. This is the most recent development in the process towards a global common mobile phone charger initiated by the European Commission. It follows the June 2009 agreement of fourteen leading mobile phone producers to harmonise chargers for data-enabled mobile phones (i.e. that can be connected to a computer) sold in the European Union.

The constraints of the European Commission actually prove less restrictive than that. A manufacturer must provide a way to charge their phones via a micro-USB port, regardless of the nature of this medium , as already said this document dated June 2009. Thus, Apple may simply add to its European iPhone Dock adapter port> micro-USB to be consistent with the new European regulations to be put in place by early 2011.

We do not know what Apple has planned to do, but it is difficult to abandon the enterprise ecosystem patiently built around its products through the docking port to meet the European Union . Apple is one of 14 builders who participated in the project, with RIM, Nokia, and Samsung.

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