Apple may be forced to ditch the Lightning connector on future iPhones if new legislation proposed by the European Commission comes into force.

It is reported that the European Union wants to introduce a universal charging standard for smartphones to help consumers sort out the zoo of standards and reduce consumer electronics waste.

Official confirmation has not yet been received, but the source claims that the EU’s executive branch is in the process of drafting legislation, and it is expected to be introduced in September 2021.

This would mean that if Apple wants to sell its smartphones in Europe, it will have to adhere to this law and use a charging technology similar to most Android phones. There is no guarantee that the EU will choose USB-C as its standard charging technology, but it previously viewed this technology as the norm for future smartphones as it is “widespread” on modern Android smartphones.

The fact that the new legislation will be introduced in September 2021 means that the new regulations are unlikely to affect the iPhone 13. The model is expected to debut on September 14 alongside the Apple Watch 7.

The editorial board of Free News believes that, in general, the correct EU initiative looks a bit belated: the reduction of the amount of “electronic waste” is supported in every possible way by the majority of manufacturers, who have refused to bundle smartphones with chargers. And the ubiquity of wireless charging technologies with some already incredible technical parameters can make charging ports simply irrelevant in a year.