India is currently working on implementing government regulations that would require a standard USB-C charging interface across all smartphones, laptops, and tablets. India is looking to join the European Union in requiring the use of the USB-C connector.
In a government press release, Rohit Kumar Singh, Secretary Department of Consumer Affairs, said multiple government and private agencies held a meeting and a “broad consensus emerged among stakeholders on the adoption of USB-C as a charging port for electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets, laptops, etc.” The press release added: “Further, it was deliberated that a different charging port may be adopted for feature phones.”
In August it was reported that India was considering following the European Union’s lead and was mulling new regulations on consumer products sold in the country, which would force Apple and other electronics firms to adopt the USB-C standard for connectivity in their devices as early as 2024.
India is following in the footsteps of the European Union, which in October granted final approval to the legislation that will force Apple and other tech firms to switch to USB-C connectivity across their devices.
Apple’s vice president of worldwide marketing, Greg Joswiak, recently said that Apple will have to replace the Lightning port on its iPhone and other devices with a USB-C port to comply with new European Union rules.