The UK is not "currently considering" following the EU's lead with USB Type-C
The EU rule could affect products sold in Northern Ireland
Published: 9th June 2022 | Source: BBC |
The UK has no plans to make USB Type-C the nation's common charging cable for portable devices
Earlier this week, the EU announced that they would be making USB Type-C the block's common charging cable for mobile devices, a move that's designed to reduce electronics waste and ensure that most portable devices can be charged though an almost universal cable standard.
When asked for comment by the BBC, the British government has stated that they are not "currently considering" any plans to copy the EU's plans to make USB Type-C a common charging cable within the UK. That said, under post-Brexit trade arrangements, the regulation could come into force in Northern Ireland when it comes into affect in Autumn 2024.
In theory, the rules variations between the UK and EU could force devices sold in Northern Ireland to include USB Type-C, while devices sold in the mainland UK could use alternative charging ports. This will make standards between segments of the UK market diverge, though it is probable that companies will simply utilise USB Type-C in most cases to avoid this problem.
Critics of the EU's move to adopt USB Type-C as a common charging cable states that forcing USB Type-C "stifles innovation", though those critics need to be reminded that USB Type-C cables can already deliver users up to 240 watts of power, which is more than enough to quickly charge most mobile devices. Beyond that USB4 can deliver 40Gbps data speeds though USB Type-C, and future cables could potentially deliver more power or higher data rates. USB Type-C will not be a limiting factor for devices anytime soon.
While the UK has no plans to copy the EU's legislation, it is probable that the EU's move will result in USB Type-C powered devices becoming more commonplace within the UK. Most companies are unlikely to create UK specific devices that use non USB Type-C connectors, as it would likely not be be economical to do so.
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