Apple made its name by innovating the market, but now it appears that the mobile phone company will have to conform with new regulations when it comes to its chargers.
A European Union Parliament committee recently voted unanimously to create a law that will insist all phone makers use the same type of charger. It is hoped that this will reduce the amount of waste caused by unused chargers.
Although no company has been named, as Apple is one of the few firms not to use microUSB, it doesn't take much to see who will be most affected if the law comes into place.
To become a law, the proposal needs to be passed by the European Council and then get Parliament's approval.
Apple replaced the 30-pin plug with the Lightning connector with the iPhone 5 in 2012. Since then it has become the standard for the company's devices as it charges no matter which side is facing up, has a smaller footprint, and fully charges much quicker.
Although many Apple fans were annoyed when the new charger made their older ones incompatible, the likely a switch to microUSB could cause more irritation, especially as it is inferior technology in many ways.
Posted by Peter Robinson