This week, members of the European Parliament have urged the European Commission to force tech firms to all use a single universal charging method.
Apple - which uses the Lightning cable to charge and sync many devices, including the iPhone - has claimed the regulation would stifle innovation and cause issues for customers.
Android devices are charged with USB-C and micro-USB cables, and its expected Apple could adopt the former because the 2018 iPad Pro took on the technology.
There is also the option of removing charging ports and cables entirely in favour of wireless charging.
European regulators will vote on the matter at a later date.
European Parliament member Alex Agius Saliba said: "This is hugely detrimental for the environment.
"A common charger should fit all mobile phones, tablets, e-book readers and other portable devices."