The EU plans to force manufacturers to use a common connector - the happily symmetrical USB-C - for all mobes, fondleslabs, e-readers and similar electronic tat. Apple could still use the Lightning port on devices sold outside of Europe, though it seems like a hassle to design two variants of each mobile device, rather than just adopt a standard.
European lawmakers are pushing for a universal cellphone charger, arguing it is more environmentally friendly and more convenient for consumers, a move that could bring an end to Apple's exclusive Lightning cable. Even so, he shares that old, discarded battery chargers make up for 51,000 metric loads of e-waste per year.
The proposals would make USB-C chargers - now favoured by modern Android phones - the mandatory option. The firm is renowned for making big changes to its phones with the Apple the first to remove the headphone port.
"Such proposals are bad for the environment and unnecessarily disruptive for customers", Senior Government Affairs Manager for Apple, Claire Darmon, was quoted as saying.
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Microsoft has already released a security update to patch the cryptographic vulnerability in its products. Another expert also pointed out that this flaw should be prioritised by all system administrators.
One of the main reasons that a lot of experts believe why Apple doesn't want to give up the lightning port is doing so would mean Apple will no longer make money by selling its proprietary lightning cable and lightning charging adapters. The introduction of a common charger will increase electronic waste on a very large scale and will hamper the convenience of the users too thus defeating the motive behind the directive.
The proposal was originally presented more than five years ago, but legislators at the time took the approach to encourage industry to develop a common, non-enforcement charger. And now, following a recent declaration by the Commission at Parliament that calls for stricter enforcement on the matter- possibly to the point of regulation- a couple of publications have actually been incorrectly convinced that this action could lead to Apple's Lightning port and cable television disappearing when and for all, and forcing Apple to adopt USB-C throughout the board. To be fair, Apple already ditched the Lightning port in favour of USB-C starting with its 2018 iPad Pro models, and plenty of other devices in their lineup don't rely exclusively on Lightning cables.
The cable is used to charge and sync many Apple devices, such as the iPhone. Some hoping for a USB-C standard may be thrilled, while others might mourn their pile of obsolete Lightning cables.
Apple insisted that its slimmer devices would be unable to fit the then-new USB-C technology, and it claimed it would cost up to $2bn (£1.53bn) to meet the desired standard.