Apple’s switch to usb-c could lead to increase in e-waste

The EU mandates that electronic devices have a universal connector by 2024 to reduce costs, e-waste, and make life easier for consumers.

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Apple’s anticipated switch to a USB-C port in response to new EU rules could significantly increase electronic waste, warn industry experts. The latest iPhone 15 range is expected to feature a USB-C port instead of Apple’s proprietary Lightning port. The EU regulations require small and medium-sized electronic devices to adopt a universal connector by 2024 to standardise connectors and reduce consumer costs.

Although Apple has confirmed compliance with the rules, it has raised concerns about the decision due to potential e-waste and innovation issues. The sudden obsolescence of millions of Apple Lightning cables could result in considerable e-waste. Experts have also highlighted the need for more education on responsibly disposing of electronic waste and the urgent need for the industry to introduce initiatives to improve consumer awareness and responsible disposal of devices, cables, and accessories.