Why smartwatch charging is an unsolvable mess



As a long-time iPhone user who eventually switched to Android, I’m fully on board with the EU forcing Apple to adopt USB-C, even if it may take until the iPhone 16 to happen. Apple claims (opens in new tab) this will create e-waste, but there’s nothing more wasteful than forcing people to buy new cables every time they switch devices.

A universal charging standard works. So with government legislation “solving” phone charging, I turned my thoughts to the tangled, anarchic web of wearable and smartwatch chargers, which could certainly use some kind of intervention — governmental or otherwise.