Millions of iPhone users will be forced to swap chargers after EU decision – find out if this affects you

MILLIONS of iPhone owners will soon be forced to use a completely different charging cable.

The EU has effectively banned Apple’s Lightning connector and decreed that all smartphones should use the same type of cable, USB-C.

Most modern Android devices use USB-C


Most modern Android devices use USB-CPhoto credit: Getty

However, many phones are already using USB-C Apple has so far resisted it.

From autumn 2024, all small electronic devices must use the same connection type.

Although the move is intended only for devices sold in EU countries, it’s highly likely that Apple will adopt it globally so the company doesn’t have to produce two different batches of iPhones.

The rules only apply to new phones, so anyone who currently owns an iPhone can use their Lightning cable as normal for the remainder of the phone’s lifespan.

But once they upgrade after fall 2024, they’ll have to use USB-C instead.

Apple had already switched to iPad and Mac.

And recent reports suggest the tech giant is already gearing up Scrap the Lightning port also on the iPhone.

The main goal of the change is to relieve people with many different cables and thus reduce e-waste.

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EU industry chief Thierry Breton said the deal would save consumers in the bloc around €250m ($267m/£213m).

“It will also allow new technologies such as wireless charging to emerge and mature without innovation becoming a source of market fragmentation and consumer inconvenience,” he said.

Apple has previously argued that such a move could hurt innovation.

Laptops also have to comply with similar measures, but have a little longer to put things in order.

“Rule applies to everyone”

Officials denied suggestions that the laws specifically target Apple.

In a press conference, Breton added: “The rule applies to everyone and everyone. It will not be used against anyone.

“We work for consumers, not for companies, and we need to give these companies rules, clear rules, to be able to enter the single market.”

However, Apple may still be able to circumvent the rules.

The fine print says it applies to devices “that are rechargeable via a wired cable.”

So if the company just decides to go wireless charging, it doesn’t have to use USB-C at all.

Anyone who currently owns an iPhone is safe from the changeover


Anyone who currently owns an iPhone is safe from the changeoverCredit: Alamy
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