Millions of iPhone users will need a new charger cable under major new change

iPhone users face swapping out their chargers in the next two years after the EU told Apple its devices must have USB-C charging ports.

Models since 2012 have used the American giant’s Lightning connectors but that will end in 2024.

A European Parliament vote means the gadget – owned by around one billion people worldwide – will have to ditch their cables for wires used by Android phones.

The changes could also affect Samsung and Huawei.

It is unknown if Apple will swap out Lightning for models sold in the UK and USA.

MEP Alex Agius Saliba said: “The common charger will finally become a reality in Europe.

“We have waited more than ten years for these rules, but we can finally leave the current plethora of chargers in the past.

“This future-proof law allows for the development of innovative charging solutions in the future, and it will benefit everyone – from frustrated consumers to our vulnerable environment.

“These are difficult times for politics, but we have shown that the EU has not run out of ideas or solutions to improve the lives of millions in Europe and inspire other parts of the world to follow suit.”

The new rule is hoped to save consumers around £250million a year on unnecessary charger purchases.

Unused chargers cause around 11,000 tons of waste in the EU alone.

USB-C ports are found on most Android phones as well as several Apple products, including MacBooks.

Until now it has resisted calls to ditch its own form of charger.

An EU statement said: “By the end of 2024, all mobile phones, tablets and cameras sold in the EU will have to be equipped with a USB Type-C charging port.

“From spring 2026, the obligation will extend to laptops. The new law, adopted by plenary on Tuesday with 602 votes in favour, 13 against and 8 abstentions, is part of a broader EU effort to reduce e-waste and to empower consumers to make more sustainable choices.

“Under the new rules, consumers will no longer need a different charger every time they purchase a new device, as they will be able to use one single charger for a whole range of small and medium-sized portable electronic devices.

“Regardless of their manufacturer, all new mobile phones, tablets, digital cameras, headphones and headsets, handheld videogame consoles and portable speakers, e-readers, keyboards, mice, portable navigation systems, earbuds and laptops rechargeable via a wired cable, operating with a power delivery of up to 100 Watts, will have to be equipped with a USB Type-C port.”