Today the EU proposed plans to make it mandatory for devices to use a USB-C port. The intention of this is to cut down on waste, as if all devices use the same port people can use the same cables/plugs for all their devices.
If the proposal goes ahead and does become law it would likely force companies such as Apple to ditch their own lightning port and move over to USB-C. It is something Apple does not seem totally opposed to since recently they have been producing more and more iPad models with USB-C instead of the lightning port – the biggest product which still uses the lightning port is the iPhone.
It has been rumored that Apple may not even continue down the road of using devices with ports and that in the future some iPhones may become totally portless. Under the current plan proposed a portless iPhone would bypass this law since it would have no port at all. The proposal does not cover anything about forcing USB-C upon power supply ports or cables, but this may change in the future.
European Comission executive vice-president Margrethe Vestager has said:
“European consumers were frustrated long enough about incompatible chargers piling up in their drawers. We gave industry plenty of time to come up with their own solutions, now time is ripe for legislative action for a common charger.”
If the plan becomes law manufacturers would have a period of 2 years to transition over to USB-C