The EU Wants Standard Charging on all mobile devices sold in Europe. And, the European Union authorities have threatened to outlaw its lightning cables.
Members of the European Parliament called for the European Commission to enforce use of a single universal charger for all mobile devices.
They’ve said this is to reduce electronic waste and increase convenience for consumers. The EU estimated old mobile phone chargers generate around 51,000 metric tonnes of electronic waste per year.
While a vote will be held on the proposal, no date has been set. Apple responded by saying the regulation would stifle innovation and be disruptive to customers.
Currently there are three charging cables adopted by mobile phone manufacturers: microUSB, USB-C and Apple’s Lightning cables. However, Apple has replaced the Lightning connector with USB-C on the iPad Pro released in late 2018, making it possible they would adopt the port or push wireless charging if forced to ditch its cable from other products.
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