This is used to charge many of Apple's mobile devices, though Apple could be forced to leaving the Lightning connector behind and adopt USB-C. Apart from making it easier for consumers to use their smartphones, the European Union believes that this will prove beneficial to the environment - some estimates suggest that old chargers generate over 51,000 tonnes of electronic waste each year - a problem that might be fixed if chargers were standardised and interoperable with any smartphone.
It is expected that the question of standardization of the connector will be submitted to the European Parliament in a future session. A common charger that fits all mobile devices, tablets, e-book readers and other portable devices could address this rising concern.
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. And even though most phones have moved to USB-C there are still many significant holdouts with Micro-USB to say nothing of Apple's ongoing use of Lightning.
Standardizing on USB-C will straight decrease charger and cable damage as they're reused for plenty of gadgets.
Part of the EU's desire for a common charger seems to be rooted in sustainability.
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Apple will be in trouble if the proposal is approved, mainly because it will have to adopt USB-C just like what it did with the 2018's iPad Pro. But experts agree that we are talking about USB Type-C. The other alternative would be to go fully wireless. The European Union is fed up with it, and is pushing to unify all portable devices on the USB-C port.
"MEPs called for a renewed effort to develop a common charger for certain categories of radio equipment, in particular mobile phones, because it would simplify their use and would reduce unnecessary waste and costs", states a press release.
As per reports, European lawmakers have demanded that there be a common charging port for each of the smartphone available in the market.
Apple argued in a public feedback form that the proposal would impede innovation and be disruptive for the more than 1 billion consumers using Apple devices with a Lightning cable.