Will Apple be abandoning its Lightening Cable?

If the EU parliament gets its’ way – we could be saying a swift goodbye to our charging cables.

If you’re an Apple user, you’ll recognise the distinctive lightening charger cable from a mile away – but it’s now very possible that it won’t be around for much longer.

Just last Monday, members of the EU Parliament begun placing pressure on the EU Commission to force technological companies to adopt a singular charging method, universal across all devices.

Having already stopped the use of the Lightning Cable on the iPad Pro 2018 – this could be a clear indication of what’s to come next.

Why is this happening?

For over a decade, the EU commission has been pushing for a singular method of charging – with 27 different types of charger having been narrowed down to 3 since 2009. The reason why?

Electronic waste.

Alex Saliba, EU parliament member, explained how obsolete cables were creating a surplus of 51,000 tones of waste each and every year – a huge detriment to the environment. In his words; “A common charger should fit all mobile phones, tablets, e-book readers and other portable devices.”

While EU regulators have not yet voted on the matter, Apple have stated that the new regulation would ‘stifle innovation and disrupt consumers’.

All Apple devices sold in Europe would then need to have a new way of charging, which would most likely be either the USB-C (as used on most new Android devices) or perhaps entirely removing charging slots in favour of solely wireless charging.

Back in 2009, tech giants such as Apple, Samsung, and Nokia all signed a memorandum of understanding, pledging to provide micro-USB compatible chargers. However, Apple cleverly found a way out of this by continuing to use their own chargers providing they offered an adaptor.

They also insisted that their newer and much slimmer devices wouldn’t fit the USB-C slot, and that it would cost the company £1.5 billion just to adapt to it.

Either way – that could all be changing very soon.

Whether wireless charging will be the way forward, or we do end up saying goodbye to the Lightning Cable for good… Only time will tell!

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