The EU on Thursday said it will impose a universal charger for smartphones, setting up a clash with Apple and its widely used iPhone connector cable.
The move by EU will mean Apple would have to abandon its Lightning chargers, or add a second port to smartphones.
“European consumers have been frustrated long enough about incompatible chargers piling up in their drawers,” AFP quoted EU executive vice president Margrethe Vestager as saying.
Apple said a one-size fits all phone charger will stop innovation and risked creating electronic waste.
Giving reason for their action, the EU explained in a press release that 38% of consumers report having experienced problems at least once that they could not charge their mobile phone because available chargers were incompatible.
“The situation is not only inconvenient but also costly for consumers, who spend approximately €2.4 billion annually on standalone chargers that do not come with electronic devices. In addition, disposed of and unused chargers are estimated to pile up to 11,000 tonnes of e-waste every year,” the EU said.