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Apple could be forced by the EU to replace its current charging cable with the USB-C

Apple could be forced to replace its current iPhone charging cable with the USB-C alternative that Android prefers under a new EU ruling

  • Lightning charging cables were implemented by Apple in 2012 with the iPhone 5
  • The USB-C cable was released in 2014 and is now widely used in Android phones
  • The EU is arguing about making a ‘common charger’ mandatory for all new telephones

Apple may be forced to leave its current iPhone charging cable and use the USB-C alternative of Android handsets according to a new EU ruling.

Apple has resisted the trend and resisted the temptation to adopt and integrate USB-C charging since it was released in 2014.

It released its ‘Lightning’ charger in 2012 and all iPhones are being charged in this way.

But the EU Parliament is now debating the obligation for all new phones to have a ‘common charger’, with USB-C the likely choice.

If the EU forces iPhones sold in Europe to use a new charging method, it is unlikely that the company would produce two cables and be able to use the USB-C worldwide.

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The EU Parliament is now debating the obligation for all new telephones to have a 'common charger'. with the USB-C (photo) the obvious option

The EU Parliament is now debating the obligation for all new telephones to have a ‘common charger’. with the USB-C (photo) the obvious option

If the move continues, the same charging cable could be used for both Apple and Android devices.

The EU will vote on this at a later session, which is not yet planned.

“To reduce electronic waste and make life easier for consumers, MEPs want binding measures for chargers that fit on all mobile phones and other portable devices,” the EU said in a briefing.

Apple chargers sell for around £ 20 ($ 25) for an official cable and replica versions are also available for much less.

USB-C is the newest charger for many laptops and Android phones and is currently being used by Oppo Reno3, Huawei P30 and OnePlus7Pro.

Apple left the original 30-pin connector in 2012 when the lightning cable appeared with the release of the iPhone 4. Lightning cables are now at the point of extinction (stock)

Apple left the original 30-pin connector in 2012 when the lightning cable appeared with the release of the iPhone 4. Lightning cables are now at the point of extinction (stock)

Apple left the original 30-pin connector in 2012 when the lightning cable appeared with the release of the iPhone 4. Lightning cables are now at the point of extinction (stock)

The latest iPad Pro also has this new connection and Apple is already selling a Lightning port to USB-C charging cable.

The iPad, the iPad Air and the iPad mini use the Lightning cable, but the iPad Pro is powered by USB-C.

USB-C was launched in 2014 and has become the go-to cable for many emerging gadgets.

Apple left the original 30-pin connector in 2012 when the Lightning cable appeared with the release of the iPhone 5.

The EU adds: ‘A common charger must fit on all mobile phones, tablets, e-book readers and other portable devices, MEPs will insist.

“According to estimates, old chargers generate more than 51,000 tons of electronic waste per year.”

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