Democratic senators urged the US to follow the European Union’s (EU) lead and demand that smartphone makers, including Apple, adopt a common charging cable. (opens in new tab)

Starting in 2024, all cell phones, tablets, e-readers, headsets, digital cameras, headphones and headsets, handheld game consoles and portable speakers will have to include a USB Type-C port – a move that the EU says it will save consumers €250 million a year and avoid 11,000 tonnes of e-waste.