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Apple forced to redesign iPhone under new EU charger rule

Apple will have to replace the connector on iPhones sold in Europe by 2024 after EU countries and lawmakers agreed on Tuesday to a single charging port for mobile phones, tablets and cameras around the world.

The political intervention, which the European Commission said would make life easier for consumers and save them money, came after companies failed to reach a common solution.

Brussels has been pushing for a single mobile charging port for more than a decade, fueled by complaints from iPhone and Android users that they have to switch to separate chargers for their devices.

iPhones are charged with a Lightning cable, while Android-based devices use a USB-C connector.

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The company, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment, had previously warned that the proposal would hurt innovation and create a mountain of electronics waste.

Despite this, its shares were up 0.9% in afternoon trading.

Analysts said the move could become a sales driver for Apple in 2024, encouraging more Europeans to buy the latest gadgets without USB-C.
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Analysts said the move could become a sales driver for Apple in 2024, encouraging more Europeans to buy the latest gadgets without USB-C.

CFRA Research analyst Angelo Zino said it could persuade consumers to upgrade to a newer phone sooner.

“Existing consumers can still use Lightning Cable, but may be less likely to purchase older products on third-party platforms,” he said.

Apple is already working on an iPhone with a USB-C charging port that could debut next year, Bloomberg reported last month.

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When Apple releases new iPhones, older generation phones are usually discounted, with millions of customers opting for cheaper variants.

Jitesh Ubrani, research manager at research firm IDC, said if the EU bans sales of older models, it could upset many consumers and the government would force consumers to spend more.

“By the autumn of 2024, USB Type-C will become the common charging port for all mobile phones, tablets and cameras in the European Union,” the European Parliament said in a statement.

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