Apple collides with the European Union over the future of the Lightning connector

The days of Apple’s Lightning connector seem to be numbered, as the European Union gets closer to enforcing the USB Type-C standard as the only charging solution for low-power devices allowed in EU member states.

The idea has been around for years, but the rule was formally proposed by the European Commission (EC) in September 2021. Now an EU committee has endorsed the proposal, paving the way for an assembly vote in May and a directive likely to be enacted by the end of the year. EU member states would normally have two years to enact the rules into national law, and manufacturers would have 24 months to change their shipping ports.

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