Apple’s dedication to ‘a diversity of dongles’ is polluting the planet | Julia Carrie Wong

January 24, 2020 at 11:00AM

About 50m metric tons of e-waste are generated annually. But Apple says efforts to regulate mobile devices to reduce waste stifle ‘innovation’

Do all cables matter?

I found myself asking this deeply cursed question as I read a report commissioned by Apple on the European Commission’s plan to require mobile device makers to adopt a standard charger. The report runs 92-pages, features a cover photo of the three types of charging ports (USB-C, Micro-USB, and Lightning) nestled lovingly together like mama, papa and baby bear, and is titled United in Diversity.

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