Apple believes that "abandoning Lightning will reduce creativity." However, Europe recently rejected Apple's argument.

The most affected company is Apple, because iPhones still charge using the Lightning port. At the time, Apple announced the decision would forcing all manufacturers to use USB-C as the standard charging port. This is not a big deal for Android brands, because they already use USB-C ports on most of their products.

Now, the EU continues to pour cold water on, saying that the proposal also takes into account better standards in the future.

“I don't see that it would crush innovation,” said Anna Cavazzini, chairperson of the consumer protection committee. “The proposal also says that, if a new standard better than USB-C emerges, we can adjust the regulations.”

It's not clear how the proposal will address the issue of standards better, but there will certainly be a transition from USB-C to a new standard. Evidently, the EU has guarded against provisions for better charging standards.

This is not the first time the EU has allayed concerns about the new proposal. Last month, an EU spokesperson confirmed that devices that only use wireless charging do not need to meet the USB-C port requirement.

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