It’s the end of an era for Apple’s Lightning cables as European countries agree on a single mobile charging port for phones, tablets and cameras.
On Tuesday, the European Commission announced the decision to adopt a common charging connector in the EU to make life easier for consumers and save money.
“By autumn 2024, USB Type-C will become the common charging port for all mobile phones, tablets and cameras in the EU,” the European Parliament said in a statement.
Apple now has until 2024 to change the Lightning connector on iPhones sold in Europe.
This is the world’s first such political intervention, coming after tech companies failed to find a common solution.
European lawmakers have been pushing for a single mobile charging port for more than a decade, prompted by complaints from iPhone and Android users that they have to switch to different chargers for their devices.
iPhones use a Lightning cable, while Android-based devices use USB-C connectors.
According to a 2019 European Commission study, half of the chargers sold with mobile phones in 2018 had a USB Micro-B connector, while 29% had a USB-C connector and 21% had a Lightning connector.
EU industry chief Thierry Breton said the deal would save consumers around €250m (£213m).
“It will also allow new technologies such as wireless charging to emerge and mature without innovation becoming a source of market fragmentation and consumer inconvenience,” he said.
Apple has warned that the proposal would hurt innovation and create a mountain of e-waste.
The offer is not limited to phones, but also includes e-readers, earphones, laptops, keyboards, computer mice and other technologies. This means companies like Samsung and Huawei are also likely to feel the impact.
Laptops must comply with the legislation within 40 months of its entry into force. The EU executive will have the power to harmonize wireless charging systems in the future.
It’s been just a decade since Apple users had to get involved when the company switched charging cables from the old 30-pin connector to the Lightning connector introduced in 2012.
With the new law, the tech giant is forced to replace the iPhone charging cable again.
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