EU could enforce a single phone charger within weeks

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The European Union (EU) is set to confirm plans to introduce a common charger port for mobile phones, tablets, and headphones later this week, meaning Apple would be required to ditch its proprietary Lightning connector for the more universal USB-C interface.

European policymakers have been keen for a single standard for more than a decade, citing significant amounts of electronic waste caused by unused chargers and the inconvenience suffered by Android and iPhone users who need different cables for different devices.

However, the EU has become increasingly frustrated at a lack of progress by the …

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