Apple is the type of company that loves to do things differently, but soon that could become illegal in Europe where phone chargers are concerned.
A committee within the European Union Parliament voted unanimously this week to create a law that requires all phone makers to use the same type of charger. Tablet chargers could be affected as well.
The internal market and consumer protection committee said the law will cut down on waste from unused chargers, but given Apple is one of the last phone makers not using micro-USB it’s clear who would be most affected.
The proposal still needs to pass the European Council and be approved by Parliament before the law can be created, so it will still be some time before anything changes (if it ever does).
Apple introduced its much-hyped Lightning connector with the iPhone 5 in 2012, and it’s become the standard for Apple devices since then.
The Lightning connector replaced the 30-pin plug that was in use on Apple products for nine years.
The Lightning connector is easy to use because it can be plugged in no matter which side is facing up. It also has a smaller footprint, and it charges devices and transfers data more quickly than the old connector.
But it made loads of old iPhone and iPod accessories incompatible with newer Apple devices, irritating plenty of Apple users.
A switch to the standard of micro-USB would likely anger Apple fans further, especially since micro-USB, while nearly universal at this point, is inferior to Lightning in most ways.
Apple has solved this problem in the past with adapters, but if the law goes into effect it could be forced to rethink its strategy.
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Remember Acer’s ‘Ezel’ hinge-toting Aspire R7 Ultrabook that was unveiled back in May? The company has announced that it’s been refreshed with Intel’s fourth generation Haswell processors (i5 and i7) and now comes with a digitiser for doodling Windows 8 gestures.
Acer claims that the bundled “Acer Active Pen” uses electromagnetic induction technology to respond to varying degrees of pressure sensitivity “like an actual pen” to make writing feel more natural.
The new model, which will sport the version number R7572, will also ship with Windows 8.1 installed out of the box.
It can be fitted with up to 12GB of memory, up to a 1TB hard drive (or 256GB SSD) and features a full-sized backlit chiclet keyboard.
Acer has kept the trackpad above the board, which we thought was something of a revolutionary move when we put the machine through its paces back in May.
The new model is set to roll out to European shores before the end of the year at €999 (around £1185).
The Taiwanese computer maker has also announced an upgrade to its Aspire E1 notebook series, which can now be fitted with a 10-point multi-touch display.
It’s available in 15.6-inch and 14-inch variations, and the larger model can be equipped with an Nvidia GT720M, GT740M or an AMD Radeon HD 8000M discrete graphics card.
Its smaller cousin is available with an Nvidia GT720M graphics card, and both models let you blow up the screen’s contents using an onboard HDMI port.
The updated Aspire E1 will be available from mid October for around €399 (around £338).