Anyone in possession of an iPhone will have to use new chargers in the future – after Apple has been forced to change the connection ports on their devices.
It comes in the wake of a new EU law which has passed, which states that electronic devices like smartphones and tablets have to be manufactured with a USB-C type port.
The Mirror reports that most Apple-made products feature a Lightning power adapter, which the tech Goliath originally invented. However, this will be scrapped by the end of 2024 under European Parliamentary law.
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Devices like AirPods and iPhones will now be required to be made adaptable to a different charger, in line with the new law The Daily Record reports.
A statement from European Parliament said: “By the end of 2024, all mobile phones, tablets and cameras sold in the EU will have to be equipped with a USB Type-C charging port. From spring 2026, the obligation will extend to laptops. Under the new rules, consumers will no longer need a different charger every time they purchase a new device, as they will be able to use one single charger for a whole range of small and medium-sized portable electronic devices.”
The USB-C cable was released back in 2014 and has been hugely popular all over the world, and while it has a similar performance to Apple’s Lightning cable, the end is slightly thicker and wider. Multiple Apple products already use USB-C such as MacBooks and the iPad Pro.
Apple also introduced a USB-C tip to one end of the charger with the iPhone 11 – but the device’s port is still Lightning.
Lightning ports are only ever used on Apple devices but USB-C ports are very common.
As this decision comes from the EU, it means it only affects products being sold in Europe. However, Apple may choose to adopt the USB-C more widely in the UK and US to make manufacturing simpler.
Earlier this month, MEP Alex Agius Saliba said: “The common charger will finally become a reality in Europe. We have waited more than ten years for these rules, but we can finally leave the current plethora of chargers in the past.
“This future-proof law allows for the development of innovative charging solutions in the future, and it will benefit everyone – from frustrated consumers to our vulnerable environment. These are difficult times for politics, but we have shown that the EU has not run out of ideas or solutions to improve the lives of millions in Europe and inspire other parts of the world to follow suit.”
The new rule is hoped to save consumers around £250million a year on unnecessary charger purchases.