Axing Lightning for iPhone would mean unprecedented e-waste, Apple says
The tech giant argues that "hundreds of millions" of customers would be affected by a forced switch to USB-C.
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"More than 1 billion Apple devices have shipped using a Lightning connector in addition to an entire ecosystem of accessory and device manufacturers who use Lightning," Apple said. Any European laws insisting on
would therefore negatively affect "hundreds of millions of active devices and accessories used by our European customers and even more Apple customers worldwide."
Conforming to a single connector would also stifle innovation, Apple argues.