RIP Apple Lightning charger (we won't miss you)

An Apple Lightning cable to USB cable and three iPhones on a red background
(Image credit: James Lewis via Unsplash)

It's official – Apple's Lightning Charger has its days numbered (at least in Europe). And while it's a bittersweet moment that might bring a tear to the eyes of diehard Apple fans, we're not entirely surprised that the proprietary charger has finally met its end after a decade in use. What's perhaps strange is that Apple didn't drop the Lightning cable before being forced to.

The European Union has voted to pass a law that will require all small electronic devices sold in the bloc to use USB-C as a standard form of charging cable by 2024. The regulation will be extended to laptops from 2026. It's a defeat for Apple that means the tech giant will finally have to start putting USB-C on the iPhone, at least for the European market (so if you're a fan of the Lightning Charger, the iPhone 14 might just be the last phone that offers it).

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Joe Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news, features and buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment and software for creatives, from video editing programs to monitors and accessories. A veteran news writer and photographer, he now works as a project manager at the London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives. There he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing visual content and design assets for the hospitality sector. He also dances Argentine tango.