Apple’s Lightning iDevice chargers could become a thing of the past, after the EU moved towards standardising chargers across the smartphone sector.
Apple could be forced to adopt a microUSB standard across The Continent in future following a vote from a committee of MEPs. A ruling would apply solely in the EU and not globally.
The strategy is aimed at cutting back on waste and limiting the smartphone industry’s impact on the environment.
Implementing the change would also benefit consumers by enabling them to use each others’ chargers more readily.
It’s worth noting, however, that the vote is not binding, but is a step on the way to becoming law.
The committee will now attempt to push through legislation to enshrine a ruling on chargers through the EU.
Apple adopted the 16-pin Lightning charger, which features a much smaller aperture than its predecessor, with the iPhone 5, having previously favoured a 30-pin port.
According to the tech giant, the Lightning connector was chosen because it boosts file transfer speeds.