The European Parliament will convene on June 7 to complete an agreement to implement a single universal charging port rule, which would require all mobile devices sold in the EU to have USB-C connections for charging.
E-waste advantages have been used in EU courts for nearly a decade to support this concept. Apple had voiced strong opposition to the measures, claiming they would hinder new ideas.
Any device that has a USB charging port can be charged via this rule. Apple Watches, for example, are exempt from this rule because they can only be charged wirelessly.
There will be a meeting on June 7 to discuss details such as when the new rules will be implemented. It is also likely that some of the law’s provisions will be reduced in order to get it enacted.
Apple has already objected to the plans, arguing that forcing it to forsake the Lightning port will annoy consumers and produce electrical waste because iPhone buyers will need to replace all of their existing Lightning accessories.
Apple, on the other hand, has been rumoured to be moving forward with its own plans to discontinue Lightning in the coming months. Reports of iPhone 15 variants with USB C connectors have been reported by Bloomberg and Ming-Chi Kuo. There is a tentative release date of 2023 for Apple’s iPhone 15. There will be no change to the Lightning ports in this year’s iPhone 14 series when it comes to connectivity and charging.
Apple will be able to offer better data sync rates and (potentially) quicker charging speeds with a USB-C iPhone, in addition to the ease of using the same charging port as the company’s laptops and tablets.