Apple experts furious as EU demands one-size-fits-all universal phone chargers

Bad news for Apple, but great news for anyone who's sick of looking for different charger cables: the EU has announced it plans to force tech companies to adopt a universal charger port for smartphones.

The EU claims it will benefit consumers and reduce the amount of electrical waste, of which less than 40 percent is currently recycled.

"European consumers have been frustrated long enough about incompatible chargers piling up in their drawers," said EU executive vice president Margrethe Vestager in a statement.

"We gave industry plenty of time to come up with their own solutions, now time is ripe for legislative action for a common charger."

The EU estimates that European consumers spend approximately 2.4 billion Euros annually on chargers.

The ruling will mean that the likes of Apple has to adapt their devices to use the same chargers as everyone else.

Although the vast majority of Android smartphones and other devices use the flat, rounded USB-C connector, for years Apple have insisted that people buy their 'special snowflake' Lightning cables for iPads, iPhones, and Macbooks.

Apple have argued that the changes are unnecessary and will negatively impact smartphone users: "We remain concerned that strict regulation mandating just one type of connector stifles innovation rather than encouraging it, which in turn will harm consumers in Europe and around the world."

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EU bigwig Thierry Breton pushed back against this, saying that "it is not against innovation. It is for European consumers, it is not against anyone."

Smartphone makers will reportedly be given two years to fall in line with the changes.

Given the size of the European tech market, this is likely to impact all devices globally.

Some have argued that the changes will make their old devices obsolete, as they'll no longer be able to resell their phones due to the lack of charger cables.

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