Why I Think Making USB-C the Default Is Harder Than It Sounds

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Why I Think Making USB-C the Default Is Harder Than It Sounds

The European Commission is attempting to make USB-C the standard for all electronic devices going forward, but I’m not sure it’s thought this through.

According to the EU Commission’s statement, this proposal aims to reduce e-waste and minimize user inconvenience. If successful, USB-C will become the new universal charging port for electronic devices, and companies will be required to provide charging performance information. New electronic devices would also stop bundling chargers in the package by default.

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These steps would likely cut down on outdated charging cable refuse over time, help consumers avoid wasting money on the wrong accessory, and prevent extra cable piles from forming. I understand these intentions, and I think they’re worth aiming for. I don’t believe this is a bad idea—quite the opposite, in fact—but I’m not convinced that it will work out the way the EU Commission expects.

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