Published: Sat, January 18, 2020
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Why Your Next iPhone Might Not Have A Lightning Port

Why Your Next iPhone Might Not Have A Lightning Port

In their quest for harmonisation of chargers for mobile phones, lawmakers in the European Union (EU) may force Apple to change iPhone charging cables from Lightning port to a USB-C port. According to estimates, more than 51,000 tonnes of electronic waste is produced by old chargers every year.

The proposals would make USB-C chargers - which are now preferred by modern Android phones - a mandatory option.

It is expected that the question of standardization of the connector will be submitted to the European Parliament in a future session.

This week, members of the European Parliament held a hearing on a measure to require smartphone-makers to produce a common charger for all mobile and portable devices sold in the region, including tablets, electronic readers and digital cameras. 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. While Apple has adopted USB-C for its new iPad Pro and MacBooks, the company has yet to do so for the iPhone. The EU is pushing to make all tech companies adopt a single universal charging method. But experts agree that we are talking about USB Type-C. On the other hand, we haven't seen any manufacturers with fast charging technologies for wireless charging.

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Apple equipped a important counterpoint to all of the discussion as much as this point: in its 2018 commentary to the proposed implementation of this legislation, it stated "Regulations that would maybe perchance perchance pressure conformity across the kind of connector built into all smartphones freeze innovation in would love to lend a hand it". Some hoping for a USB-C standard may be thrilled, while others might mourn their pile of obsolete Lightning cables.

However, the European Commission would ultimately need to decide the specifics of this proposal and highlight what radio equipment would need a standardised port.

Metro reports that lawmakers in the European Union are considering whether or not to force tech companies to adopt a commonly used charger for all mobile phones.

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