The EU is forcing Apple to adopt a universal phone charger and scrap Lightning cable

Bad news for Apple and Apple users today (or maybe good news if you ever wished all your devices had the same charging cable... like the actual dream)


Apple's Lightning charger


Today the EU called for all companies trading in Europe to establish a single universal charger for all mobile devices, which means Apple is being forced to ditch their distinctive Lightning cable. 


A spoked person from Apple criticised the move saying it will 'stifle innovation' now the USB-C (pictured below) is being touted as the most viable choice for all the brands to adopt.



USB-C cable


This decision will of course cause waste for millions of Apple customers who will have to discard their chargers after the rules come into effect,


'Legislation would have a direct negative impact by disrupting the hundreds of millions of active devices and accessories used by our European customers and even more Apple customers worldwide, creating an unprecedented volume of electronic waste and greatly inconveniencing users.' 





Back in 2009, Apple, Nokia and Samsung made a pledge to make all their chargers micro-USB standard, however Apple then went on to create the Lightning charger in 2012, but fitting it with a micro-USB adaptor.


A move to having a universal charger would be most detrimental to Apple, Android devices are powered by USB-C connectors, whereas most of Apple's mobile products currently use the Lightning cable.

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