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US senators declare war on Apple’s Lightning port, calling for one charger to rule them all

June 18, 2022


Well, here’s something that should have happened a long, long time ago. Following the European Union’s example from just last week, the US could make USB-C charging mandatory across the consumer electronics industry soon, at least if the Secretary of Commerce heeds the advice of a trio of Democratic senators.

While Ed Markey, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders make no direct mention of either USB-C or Lightning technology in their joint June 16 letter addressed to the “honorable” head of the US Department of Commerce, there’s really no other “comprehensive strategy” that could possibly be adopted to tackle the lack of a “common US charging standard” than what the EU is looking to enforce by fall 2024.

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