One Universal Phone Charger to Rule Them all by 2017?

By Gerald Lynch on at

"For everything there is a season, for every phone its own separate charger," to...paraphrase Ecclesiastes 3:1. But, Apple's Lightning connector be-damned, that could all change in the coming years, as Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) voted in favour of a universal phone charger standard this week.

Should Europe's ministers approve the legislation, all phone manufacturers would be required to use a standardised phone adapter across all devices by 2017. Seeing as it's the most widely-used, this would likely be a microUSB connection, and could spell the end for proprietary charging systems.

But what of Apple, which made quite the fanfare upon introducing its Lightning connector alongside the iPhone 5 in 2012? Having signed on to support the universal charger scheme, Apple has stated that it will not change its phone design, but would instead provide its users with an adapter that would support whatever the universal standard becomes. So, in other words, we'll be ditching a pile of chargers to be replaced by a pile of charging adapters instead. Turn, turn, turn. [TechRadar]