Why iPhones might need the same charging cable as Androids in future
Written by Gavin on 17th January 2020
Although technology companies have previously been encouraged to work together on developing a universal charger, officials say “voluntary agreements between different industry players have not yielded the desired results”.
Such a proposal could be especially challenging for Apple, which has shipped more than a billion iPhones and iPads which use a so-called Lightning connector.
According to EU officials, the changes would make customers’ lives easier and help the environment, with estimates suggesting that old chargers generate more than 51,000 tonnes of electronic waste each year.
Members of the European Parliament are planning to vote on the measure at a future session.
The EU has been calling for chargers to be standardised for several years.
Last January, Apple argued that such a law would stifle innovation, harm the environment and cause unnecessary disruption for its users.
The tech giant warned: “More than one billion Apple devices have shipped using a Lightning connector in addition to an entire ecosystem of accessory and device manufacturers who use Lightning to serve our collective customers.
“We want to ensure that any new legislation will not result in the shipment of any unnecessary cables or external adaptors with every device, or render obsolete the devices and accessories used by many millions of Europeans and hundreds of millions of Apple customers worldwide.”