Brazil is also considering forcing Apple to introduce USB-C on the iPhone

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Lawmakers around the world seem to be working against Apple. As more and more countries join the idea of ​​mandating a single charging point, pressure is mounting on Apple to give up its own Lightning power connector.

Brazil is just the latest addition to a list of countries considering efforts to push USB-C as the mobile market standard, as reported by 9to5 Mac† The reasoning behind this decision is simple: it provides users with greater convenience and limits the amount of e-waste.

These legislative efforts mirror those of the European Union. For reference, earlier this year, European Union lawmakers passed regulations requiring nearly all mobile devices to have a USB-C port for charging.

Since the EU is an important market for Apple, the “Deal on Common Charger,” as it is formally called, will force Apple to drop its own Lightning connector in order to continue selling its devices.

Apple is known for fiercely guarding its ecosystem (given that it’s a major source of profit, of course). It rests, at least in part, on the Lightning connector standard. For years, the tech giant has been trying to resist the full adoption of the USB-C port, especially when it comes to the company’s mobile devices.

Most worrisome for Apple is the fact that the US Senate is also considering adopting policies similar to the EU’s deal on Common Charger. The US is Apple’s main market and such a legislative effort will spell the end of the Lightning connector.

It should be noted that many tech experts have speculated that Apple is already working on a USB-C iPhone. Both prominent analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and Bloomberg journalist Mark Gurman agree that the iPhone could make the switch to USB-C as early as 2023.

You know what they say – better late than never. We’ll have to wait and see how many countries will make the Lightning connector illegal before Apple finally embraces USB-C.

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