Millions of iPhone chargers will stop working in EU and UK under strict new laws

All phones must have the same charging port by 2024 or be banned, under new EU laws designed to stop users forking out on multiple chargers for their devices.

Apple could be forced to redesign the iPhone to fit a standard USB-C charger, which is used by Android and Samsung devices as well as dozens of others.

The agreement, which is due to go through the European parliament after summer, will demand that all companies use the same charger for phones and 'smaller devices' by Autumn 2024.

It will mean that old iPhone chargers won't work on future models, and that laptops will eventually have to use the USB-C charger as standard as well.

Devices sold before the 2024 cut-off won't be affected by the ruling.

Apple has criticised the proposals in the past, claiming it stifles innovation.

An Apple spokesperson told CNBC in September: "We remain concerned that strict regulation mandating just one type of connector stifles innovation rather than encouraging it, which in turn will harm consumers in Europe and around the world."

However, according to a Bloomberg report, Apple is already testing iPhones with USB-C ports, suggesting that the tech giant is already getting ready for the changes.

  • Apple divides fans with plans to completely change iPhone lock screen design

Last night Apple announced some major changes to the iPhone with the upcoming launch of iOS 16.

iPhone users will now finally get the ability to unsend and edit texts in iMessage, and even fully customise their lock screens with widgets, unique fonts, colours and more.

iPhone users will be able to add 4 small widgets or 2 medium widgets to the bottom of the lock screen, giving them a view into everything from the weather to your home security apps, message notifications and more. There is also space for an additional widget at the top of the lock screen.

Starting later this year, iOS 16 will then bring the top-end smartphone in line with Android and other operating systems in terms of features.

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