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Tech giant Apple has made the decision to follow European Union laws and will adopt a common charging connection by December 2024.

This law requires all tech companies t do the same with the idea behind it being consumers will save money and waste will be cut.

Apple argued against the EU rule saying “strict regulation mandating just one type of connector stifles innovation rathe than encouraging it, which in turn will harm consumers in Europe and around the world”.

Apple phones currently make use of its Lightning adaptor. Its rivals, including Samsung, don’t.

BBC reports that the changes are anticipated in the new iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro devices which are set to be unveiled next week at the firm’s annual autumn event.

This will mean users will be able to use the same charger for their iPads, iPhones and Macs. Another benefit is that it will also mean faster download speeds.

Other electronics affected by this EU rule include portable speakers, digital cameras, handheld videogame consoles, mobile phones, headphones, headsets, earphones, mice, keyboards, e-readers and tablets.

This means that any cable used to charge these devices must have a USB Type-C port, no matter who the maker of the device is.

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