How Apple may be forced to change this 'major' iPhone feature

Ruben Fields
January 16, 2020

In 2014 Apple released a report entitled "Rules of the European Parliament Apple must use the standard micro-USB port for European electronic devices by 2017".

At least some contributors of the European Parliament desire "binding measures" that be sure one salvage of charger is wisely matched with all transportable devices, as the European Commission's earlier technique of merely "encouraging" tech companies to create a standardized resolution has "fell short of the co-legislators' objectives", basically based on a briefing on the European Parliament net intention at the present time. For years, the European Commission has been pushing for a single charging method for mobile devices, even for Apple's devices as well.

By having a standardized port across devices, the goal is to reduce waste and increase convenience.

A common charger should work for all cellphones, tablets, e-book readers and other portable devices, MEPs will insist. Stay tuned to for more viral news. And with the emergence of USB Type-C, we have committed alongside six other companies that all new smartphone models will leverage this standard through a connector or a cable assembly.

With that being said, does that mean Apple will face a challenge of ditching its lightning port?

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Practically a three hundred and sixty five days ago, Apple acknowledged regulations that will force all smartphones to fetch the identical charging port would "freeze innovation", be "wicked for the atmosphere", and be "unnecessarily disruptive for customers". Forcing a switch to another connector type, Apple says, would "render obsolete the devices and accessories used by many millions of Europeans" which would result in its own "unprecedented volume of electronic waste".

The Apple lightning connector has been there since 2012 when it was first introduced in the iPhone 5 to replace the previous 30 pin dock connector.

Since most modern USB-C chargers now use a detachable cable anyway, it's possible that this is no longer almost as serious of a problem as European Union regulators may seem to think.

In 2018, European lawmakers conducted an inception impact assessment on the idea of a common charger and called for feedback from manufacturers. However this could still be ignored entirely, or might simply continue to result in workarounds such as additional adapters that might not be satisfactory for the European Union's objectives.

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