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Apple could be forced to change the iPhone cable again under new rules that will be enforced in Europe.

The tech giant might have to switch to USB-C cables and ditch the well-known Lightning connector in Europe.

The company would only have to use this charger in EU countries but would likely do the same globally.

The EU is set to vote on the matter “at a future session”, but no date has been confirmed as of yet, according to The Sun.

The switch would force Apple users to buy a new lead if they upgrade their phone.

The new cable would be Apple’s third in 13 years.

The EU has previously called for common chargers on phones, but now wants to enforce the ruling.

“To reduce electronic waste and make consumers’ lives easier, MEPs want binding measures for chargers to fit all mobile phones and other portable devices,” the EU explained.

“A common charger should fit all mobile phones, tablets, e-book readers and other portable devices, MEPs will insist.

“According to estimates, old chargers generate more than 51,000 tonnes of electronic waste per year.”

However, Apple has previously spoken out against proposals to force common chargers across the industry.

“Regulations that would drive conformity across the type of connector built into all smartphones freeze innovation rather than encourage it,” Apple’s Claire Darmon told the EU in 2019.

“Such proposals are bad for the environment and unnecessarily disruptive for customers.”

This article originally appeared on Over60.

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