How old is that story? They’ve been forced to have a micro-USB for over half a decade and they are moving forward to use USB-C now. Apple even agreed to this, when it came out, but never actually got around to following the directive.
Apple has always been in breach of the agreement in Europe, even though they provide a micro-USB to Lightning adapter in the box.
It just means that I only need one power adapter for all my devices and, the theory is, when you buy a new phone, you don’t need to get a new power adapter, you can keep using the old one, so there is less electric waste. Unfortunately, most manufacturers still include a new charger in the box, so that part of the directive is being wasted, excuse the pun.
Nearly a year ago, Apple said regulations that would force all smartphones to have the same charging port would “freeze innovation,” be “bad for the environment,” and be “unnecessarily disruptive for customers.”
How does using 1 port and therefore 1 adapter for all devices a bad thing and bad for the environment? Surely, if I can buy 20 devices and they all use the same port (which was pretty much the case with micro-USB and now with USB-C) and I therefore only need 1 adapter to charge them (or maybe a couple if I need to charge multiple devices at the same time)?
We have a single USB adapter for USB-C and a single for Micro-USB in the kitchen and they cover all of our phones, tablets, watches, torches, battery chargers for my camera…
Edit: And I don’t need to carry a charging adapter or cable with me, wherever I go, I can be certain that there will be a micro-USB (and in the future USB-C) cable and compatible charger. At the moment, with the transition to USB-C, I do carry a USB-C cable around, just in case, but even that is becoming more and more common now. Over the last decade, only Apple users have had to carry a charging cable around with them, because the iPhone/iPad was the only device not to use micro-USB.