Recently, we reported that the EU wanted Apple to drop the Lightning port in favor of a standard charging port (USB Type-C).
The reason behind the suggestion was that the move will potentially reduce the waste generated in the production of charging cables while also making it convenient.
No matter what the consumers think about the EU’s suggestion – Apple thinks that losing the Lightning port will generate more waste.
Apple suggests that starting from 2012 (from the time Lightning port came into existence), there are a lot of accessories and devices that rely on it. Even in the current date, there are millions of active devices in Europe that need lightning port to work.
So, if Apple follows the EU’s suggestion, potentially a million devices will be affected. The customers can’t purchase a new lightning port when they need it – and hence, it will generate a bigger waste than ever.
We wouldn’t be too sure about the stats but it looks like Apple wants to continue using the Lightning port. The EU parliament hasn’t yet responded to Apple’s comments.
Obviously, we cannot comment if this is Apple’s excuse or just the ground reality. What do you think about it? Should Apple ditch the Lightning port or continue with it?