European Union could force mobile phone manufacturers to standardise chargers


Which plot your next iPhone will doubtlessly exhaust USB-C or wi-fi charging and no longer a Lightning port. Members of the European Commission will vote on whether to force all tech companies to adopt a single charging method that will be universal across all devices and manufacturers, including Apple's.

"Such proposals are bad for the environment and unnecessarily disruptive for customers".

Apple aren't overly happy about the change, stating that it would hamper design innovation. Rumors of a USB-C iPhone have been floating for years, with reputable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo most recently predicting that Apple will ditch the Lightning jack by 2021. That means your next iPhone will probably use USB-C or wireless charging and not a Lightning port.

Apple has been known to be quite generous when it comes to removing things from its phones in the past.

The USB-C format works well because you don't need to worry about which way up it's inserted (let's ignore the other end) and it can do so much more.

Some analysts are even predicting that Apple could scrap its charging ports altogether by releasing future iPhone and iPad models that rely exclusively on wireless charging.

European Lawmakers have made a demand to develop a common charging port for all the smartphones available in the market.

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And past year was announced the transition to the new USB standard 4.0.

The European Commission's vice president said that since the beginning of 2009, it has been searching for universal chargers.

According to the European Union, the changes would make life easier for customers and help save the planet after it became known that more than 51,000 tons of electronics are wasted each year.

MEPs will insist that a common charger should fit all mobile phones, tablets, e-book readers and other portable devices.

We saw Xiaomi ship its entry-level Redmi 8A with a USB Type-C port in 2019.

Apple may have to ditch its iPhone connection in favour of a more universal alternative under new European Union ruling. But Apple has stuck with its proprietary Lightning connector that debuted in 2012 for all of its iPhones and several of its iPads.