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European Union regulators are considering the need to require smartphone manufacturers to use a single port to charge phones.
Reuters reported on August 6 that if such a decision was made, Apple would have to abandon the Lightning connector.
According to EU experts, the introduction of a single charger will help reduce the amount of electronic waste, which is about 51 tons per year, and will save consumers from inconveniences.
Just 10 years ago, the European Commission proposed to take such a measure. A number of manufacturers, including: Apple, Samsung, Huawei and Nokia in 2009 agreed to voluntarily introduce single chargers to new smartphones.
The charging standard for all European smartphones - mini USB, was approved by Brussels later.