Apple is one step closer to being forced to ditch its Lightning charger in Europe

On Tuesday, the European Parliament gave final approval to new rules that are expected to apply to small and medium-sized electronics beginning at the end of 2024.

Larger devices such as laptops will fall under the rules beginning in the spring of 2026.

The first-of-its-kind law will require a vast array of new devices sold in the EU to use the USB-C charging standard. 

Examples of other covered electronics include rechargeable cameras, headphones, portable speakers and handheld video game consoles.

The EU proposal has prompted calls for similar standards by lawmakers elsewhere around the globe. 

Apple told officials the proposed rule would render obsolete as many as a billion devices and accessories

A 2021 study cited in the same report found that iPhones with Lightning connectors accounted for 18% of new mobile phone sales in 2019