Apple could be forced by the EU to replace its current charger cable with the ...

Apple could be forced to replace its current iPhone charging cable with the USB-C alternative favoured by Android under a new EU ruling Lightning charger cables were implemented in 2012 by Apple with the iPhone 5  The USB-C cable was released in 2014 and is now widely used in Android phones EU is debating making a 'common charger' compulsory for all new phones 

By Joe Pinkstone For Mailonline

Published: 13:03 GMT, 15 January 2020 | Updated: 13:16 GMT, 15 January 2020

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Apple may be forced to abandon its current iPhone charging cable and adopt the USB-C alternative favoured by Android handsets under a new EU ruling.

Apple has bucked the trend and resisted the temptation to adopt and integrate USB-C charging since it was released in 2014. 

It released its 'Lightning' charger in 2012, and all of its iPhones are charged this way.  

But the EU parliament is now debating making it mandatory for all new phones to have a 'common charger', with USB-C the likely choice. 

If the EU forces iPhones sold in Europe to have a new charging method, it is unlikely the company would manufacture two cables and may adopt the USB-C globally.  

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The EU parliament is now debating making it mandatory for all new phones to have a 'common charger'. with the USB-C (pictured) the obvious option

The EU parliament is now debating making it mandatory for all new phones to have a 'common charger'. with the USB-C (pictured) the obvious option

If the move goes ahead it would allow

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