As reported by MacRumours, the European lawmakers are debating whether all the smartphones and tablets and other portable devices should have the same port in order to increase convenience and reduce waste. But the efforts fell short of the legislation's objectives and now MEPs want binding measures.
However, its doubtful that they will decide over micro-USB to be the standard as it's now getting obsolete and USB Type-C is newer standard that companies are moving towards. The move has upset Apple since the company offers a lightning connector on its devices. It also argued that, because more than 1 billion Apple devices have shipped using Lightning, it'd result in an "unprecedented volume of electronic waste" that'd be bad for the environment.
European regulatory authority is mulling legislation to force all smartphone manufacturers to use a standard charging port.
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.
However, things have also gotten a bit more complicated since 2009, with USB-C having emerged as a new standard that still hasn't been fully adopted.
Naturally, however, Apple is continuing its fight to keep its Lightning port, although it's certainly not about to license it to anybody else.
Apple did say a year ago that forcing tech companies to have the same port is basically "freezing innovation".
The lightning connector is used in many devices like the iPhone, iPad and most of Apple's accessories like the AirPods charging case, Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2 and even the Beats X earphones.
Since most modern USB-C chargers now use a detachable cable anyway, it's possible that this is no longer almost as serious of a problem as European Union regulators may seem to think.
Apple has been using the Lightning connector on iPhones since 2012 and has so far shown no interest in replacing it with USB-C despite pleas from users.
In 2018, European lawmakers conducted an inception impact assessment on the idea of a common charger and called for feedback from manufacturers.
The assessment also suggests that European Union regulators have not ruled out re-implementing the "voluntary approach", which hasn't technically been in effect since 2014, when the original Memorandum of Understanding expired.