The future is USB-C.

The future of data transfer and charger ports will (hopefully) be USB-C… at least in Europe.

In a bid to limit e-waste, while Apple has taken the charger out of the box for iPhone and made the packaging smaller; they do include a lightning to USB-C cable instead of the already popular USB-C to USB-C which android.

PC’s and Macs alike are using, not just for charging, but for high-speed thunderbolt data transfer as well, so it makes sense to switch, but Apple are refusing to let the lightning cable die.

As a result of this neglect by Apple, the European commission has had to take control. You can read the E.U's report here

https://fortune.com/2021/09/23/europe-eu-apple-usbc-device-charger-lightening-iphone/