There’s been an interesting development in the EU, passing a law that USB-C is to be the one standardised method for charging devices such as phones and tablets.

While most devices already adhere to the handy standard – the main benefit being no need to faff about trying to get it the right way up like its predecessors – obviously there’s one company that this will affect heavily, Apple. Since 2012, they’ve used their proprietary Lightning connector system for charging the majority of their devices – some iPads do support USB-C.

The new law, just announced by the European Union, is set to be in force by late 2024, and is aimed at reducing e-waste and cable clutter, according to European Commission Vice President Margrethe Vestager. Although it will lead to an awful lot of Lightning cables being junked.

Apple Lightning connector

Apple Lightning connector

The ruling will apply to basically any portable device that requires charging via a cable – mobile phones, tablets, e-readers, earbuds, digital cameras, headphones and headsets, handheld video game consoles and portable speakers.

Obviously Apple will be required to cede to this law, so the big question is whether they’ll change their devices worldwide, or persist with their Lightning format outside of the EU. Watch this space!

USB-C at JB Hi-Fi.