Recently, the European Union and Brazil took steps to implement a common charger for electronic devices. Eliminating the use of Apple’s Lightning port and micro USB in favor of USB Type-C.
reports (opens in new tab) suggest that India will also follow suit and is exploring options to make a charger and port for all devices. And as in the EU, the port chosen would be USB Type-C, as it is one of the most popular among devices.
The government of India convened a meeting on 17 August on the matter with various smartphone manufacturers and stakeholders.
In the European Union, the law imposing a charger for all devices takes effect in 2024. And all devices, including phones, Bluetooth headsets, laptops, tablets and others, need to use a USB Type-C charging port to charge. . Brazil must require the change from July 2024.
“If companies can serve in Europe and the US, why can’t they do it in India? Portable electronic devices like smartphones and tablets must have a common charger,” a government official told PTI.
The official also mentioned that if such a rule comes into force in the EU, brands will be able to start dumping the products in India. This may be the main reason why this option is also explored by the Government of India. So we can expect the next rules to be in sync with the EU, i.e. 2024.
Apple will be the most impacted
All other smartphone manufacturers except Apple have switched to USB Type-C for their products. Most brands use micro-USB for budget smartphones and budget audio products. These brands will also be forced to use USB Type-C for their budget products.
But the brand that will be most impacted is Apple. With increasing pressure from the EU, Brazil and now India, Apple could be switching from its outdated proprietary lighting ports to USB Type-C as soon as it comes with the iPhone 14 series of phones.
USB Type-C is nothing new for Apple. He has already used the Type-C port on iPads and Macbooks. So Apple can switch to a Type-C port if it wants to. But it refrained from doing so because using proprietary charging ports and cables is more profitable. It will change with the one-porter-for-all rule. And with this new rule, companies like Apple will not be able to sell their old shares in India.