- Apple may be forced to change iPhone charging cables from a lightning port to a USB-C port
- The change in charging cables will happen if lawmakers in the European Union force tech companies to adopt a commonly used charger for all mobile phones
- This has been a topic of discussion in the EU in the recent past and may likely take place
In their quest for harmonisation of chargers for mobile phones, lawmakers in the European Union (EU) may force Apple to change iPhone charging cables.
The plan is to have them go from lightning port to a USB-C port, Briefly.co.za gathered.
The lightning port was introduced by Apple in 2012 with the making of iPhone 5 and the company ditched the 30-pin connector that iPhone 4 and older models of iPhone use.
Metro reports that lawmakers in the EU are considering whether or not to force tech companies to adopt a commonly used charger for all mobile phones.
The matter is set to be voted on at a future session and, if passed, could compel Apple to switch to a USB-C port.
Apple only needs to comply with the law in the EU, but the cost of implementation would likely mean the change to the iPhone would be a global one.
The EU explained: "To reduce electronic waste and make consumers’ life easier, MEPs want binding measures for chargers to fit all mobile phones and other portable devices.
"A common charger should fit all mobile phones, tablets, e-book readers and other portable devices, MEPs will insist. According to estimates, old chargers generate more than 51,000 tonnes of electronic waste per year."
In 2019, Apple had said: "We want to ensure that any new legislation will not result in the shipment of any unnecessary cables or external adapters with every device, or render obsolete the devices and accessories used by many millions of Europeans and hundreds of millions of Apple customers worldwide."
Apple said if the EU votes in favour of forcing tech companies to adopt a commonly used charger for all mobile phones, it will result in electronic waste and inconvenience users.
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