Apple might finally ditch the Lightning connector... But not because it wants to39
Many smartphones ship with USB-A chargers these days while others are bundled with USB-C bricks, therefore creating unnecessary waste due to the incompatibility of cables. The original story continues below.
The European Union says multiple ports are unnecessary
European lawmakers today debated (viaMacRumors) whether all smartphones and tablets, in addition to other portable devices, should have a standardized port to reduce waste and increase convenience. The European Union already encourages tech companies to do so but believes efforts have so far fallen “short.”
As such, some members of the European Parliament are now looking to pass a law that’d force companies to commit to one port in the region. The proposed options include the legacy micro-USB port, Apple’s proprietary Lightning connector, and the much more common USB-C.
A vote on the matter is scheduled to take place during the next parliamentary session. However, there is still a strong possibility that members will vote for a voluntary approach, which would allow companies such as Apple to simply ignore the regulations.
Apple also suggested it could tiptoe around the regulations by including what it calls “unnecessary cables or external adapters” inside boxes. Whether the EU plans to include something to stop this, however, remains to be seen.
Apple already uses USB-C on some products
Despite its apparent reluctance to adopt USB-C on the newest iPhone models, Apple isn't totally against the popular port. In fact, it already uses the common connector on several important products and even some of its accessories.
The most obvious examples are the 11-inch IPad Pro and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models, which launched simultaneously back in October 2018 and will be updated in March. These tablets target more professional users, much like Apple's MacBook laptops, which also feature USB-C ports.
The Silicon Valley-based company has also added the port to many of its newest fast chargers, including the 18W power brick that ships with the iPhone 11 Pro series. However, there's also an extensive range of products that skip USB-C.