Apple: your lightning cable will become, from the fall of 2024, obsolete for your iPhones and Ipad

Apple will have to change the ports of its iPhones sold in Europe by 2024, the European Parliament and the member states of the European Union (EU) having agreed on Tuesday on the adoption of a universal USB-C charger for all cell phones, tablets and cameras.

Bye bye lightning! In discussion for years with the European Union, the Californian firm will finally have to comply with the new European requirements by replacing lightning cables with USB-C.

The deal comes after the companies failed to agree on a solution common. The European Commission was pushing for a universal charger for mobile phones for more than ten years.

“By the fall of 2024, the USB Type-C port will become the charging port common to all mobile phonestablets and cameras in the EU,” the European Parliament said in a statement on Tuesday, June 7.

Savings for the consumer

iPhone and Android smartphone users have long complained about having to use different chargers for their devices. The former charge using a Lightning port, while Android devices are powered by USB-C.

Half of chargers sold with mobile phones in 2018 had a USB micro-B port, 29% had a USB Type-C port and 21% had a Lightning port, according to a 2019 study by the Commission European.

“The agreement we reached this morning will allow consumers save money around 250 million euros,” EU internal market commissioner Thierry Breton said in a statement.

“It will also allow new technologies such as wireless charging to emerge and grow without letting innovation become a source of market fragmentation and consumer inconvenience,” he added.

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