- Feb 11, 2008
While convenience (and reduction of clutter and ewaste) is certainly one of the benefits of this ruling, it's not the entire impetus of it (albeit that's how it's being sold). The EU is trying to reign in Apple's anti-consumer behaviors, of which forcing users to purchase expensive proprietary devices that simply deliver power is a prime example.While This is convenient for everyone involved, I think, simply put, a government telling someone that they have to change their product to meet convenience requirements is pretty fucking stupid.
If it was a major problem, Apple would have changed it already, like they have with the iPads.
I do agree, however, this could be a slippery slope. Having a rule that requires a single power delivery standard (arguably the simplest part of most electronics) is one thing; dictating standards for more complex componentry that may stifle innovation is another.