USB-C port – India goes the EU way, mandates USB-C ports for smartphones and other gadgets | – Times of India


Apple’s EU troubles seem to have come to India now. As considerations have been going around in the country’s policy-making circles for the past few months about a common charging tech for gadgets, things now seem to be heading to formalisation.
In an effort to standardise charging ports for smartphones and wearable devices, the Indian government plans to introduce two standards of charging – mandating USB C ports for smartphones, tablets, laptops, and more while working on a common interface for wearable devices.
Apple is likely to be most affected from this decision, as it may have to ditch its proprietary lighting port for the USB C port in iPhones for Indian consumers too.
USB C ports for smartphones, and more; and a common charging standard for wearables
Working towards the interest of consumers and tackling the issue of e-waste, the Department of Consumer Affairs, along with industry stakeholders, has considered mandating two charging standards for electronic devices.
As per a senior consumer affairs ministry official, the Bureau of Indian Standards has created a quality standard for USB-C charging ports on smartphones, tablets, laptops, etc. And all the wearable gadgets will also have a common charger.
“In the last meeting, a broad consensus had emerged among stakeholders on the adoption of USB Type — C as a charging port for smartphones, tablets, laptops, etc. The BIS has notified standards for Type C charger,” Rohit Kumar Singh, Consumer Affairs Secretary, told PTI.
When do all smartphones go USB C
Speaking on when the policy will be implemented, Rohit Kumar Singh said, “We have to align with the European Union (EU) timeline, i.e. 2024 because the mobile and electronics makers have a global supply chain, and they don’t supply to India alone.”
In the works: Uniform charging port for wearables
During a meeting last month, the authorities and stakeholders involved decided to form a committee to study the feasibility of a uniform charging port for wearables, which has been under research at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur.
The stakeholders have agreed upon a phased rollout of the common charging port so the industry and consumers do not face troubles with the adoption.
The Union Environment Ministry will be conducting an impact study to assess the possible impact of uniform charging ports for electronic devices on e-waste.





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