Apple could be obliged to give up its lightning connector cable if European legislators manage to achieve their objectives.
The cable charges and syncs numerous Apple devices, including the iPhone. However, members of the European Parliament requested the European Commission on Monday to demand technology companies to introduce a single universal charging method.
The USB-C and micro-USB, two other charging cables, are used for Android devices, and Apple has already given up on Lightning on the iPad Pro released in 2018. European lawmakers will vote for this issue on a forthcoming date, but Apple says the suggested regulation would suppress innovation and cause confusion for clients.
Can This Actually Happen?
If the lawmakers impose their suggested regulation, Apple devices sold across Europe would have to come with a new charging method. It is probably right for Apple to adopt the USB-C port, taking into consideration the fact that the tech giant removed the Lightning method in favor of this technology back in 2018 with the iPad Pro.
Another option could imply wireless charging; a new cable would mark the company‘s third throughout a period of 13 years. Most of the newly-produced Android devices already have USB-C ports.
What’s the Reason Behind This Change?
The European Commission has been asking for a single charging method for an entire decade. There were over 30 kinds of chargers on the market back in 2009, but that number has decreased to three.
The lawmakers are fixed on cutting down electronic waste being produces by outdated cables, which it suggests generated over 51,000 tonnes of garbage per year.
“This is hugely detrimental for the environment,” said European Parliament member Alex Agius Saliba. “A common charger should fit all mobile phones, tablets, e-book readers, and other portable devices.”
Apple, together with other ten important tech companies such as Nokia and Samsung, signed a note of understanding back in 2009. They promised to offer micro-USB compatible chargers for clients, but Apple exploited a loophole that enabled manufacturers to continue their own chargers if they provided an adaptor along with the cable.
Some analysts have already suggested that Apple could get rid of its charging ports for good by launching future iPhone and iPad models that depend only on wireless charging.