Apple Lightning connector cable may be abolished

Apple may have no choice but to put a stop to their Lightning connector cable if European lawmakers win their argument to force tech companies to implement a single universal method of charging.

Members of the European Parliament recently urged the European Commission to get giant tech corporations to implement this.

Currently when swapping from Apple to Android and vice versa, you’ve no option but to use a different charging cable. It’s not only frustrating but there’s the waste and cost element too.

A vote will need to take place amongst European regulators, a date for this is yet to be confirmed.
Apple doesn’t seem pleased about this idea and commented that it would be disruptive to consumers.
Over the last decade the European Commission has been protesting for a single charging method.

Back in 2009 there were over 30 types of charger available on the market and a memorandum of understanding was signed by 11 technology firms including Apple and Samsung.

Apple discovered a loophole here and took advantage of the gap allowing manufacturers to continue using their own chargers providing they offered an adaptor.

It’s estimated that over 50,000 tonnes of electrical waste is generated each year by outdated cables and therefore the regulator wants to reduce this amount.

A member of the European Parliament has said “This is hugely detrimental for the environment”

“A common charger should fit all mobile phones, tablets, e-book readers and other portable devices.”

Wireless charging

Although some tech is already built with wireless charging, and future developments are likely to have this feature too, charging methods for existing devices still need to be considered.

There are predictions that Apple will eliminate charging ports for iPhones and iPads and roll out wireless charging altogether.

What’s your view on this? Are you in favour of there being a single charging method? You can comment below to share your thoughts.

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