With the European Union and now India making the USB Type-C a standard, this technology is here to stay. In this article, we’ll explore the implications of what this move could mean for not only smartphone manufacturers but also for users alike. We’ll uncover why both India and the EU are pushing for this technology and what it means for reducing e-waste production.
USB-C is adopted as a standard in India
The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has developed quality benchmarks that OEMs should follow, in addition to making USB-C a standard charging port for smartphones.
There will be two common port standards in India starting in 2025. In a statement (via Business Standard), Rohit Kumar Singh, the Minister of Consumer Affairs, said, “BIS has notified standards for type C chargers and the government will create two common charging ports for mobiles and wearable electronic devices.”
The deadline to make USB Type C mandatory for phones in India has been set for 2025. It follows consultations with industry stakeholders. The Government of India and a few agencies met last month to discuss the matter.USB-C is the latest standard for USB connectors. It is small, reversible, and can carry more power than previous USB standards. Many newer phones, laptops, and other devices already use USB-C. Making USB-C mandatory for phones in India will ensure that all new phones meet the latest standards. It will also make charging and connecting phones to other devices more accessible.
There will be a phased implementation of this new change to make it easier for people to adjust. In addition, the Ministry of Environment Forestry and Climate Change (MoEFCC) will examine the shift to see how well it addresses the problem of e-waste and its impact. Aside from helping people save money, it will be compatible with most products. However, it remains to be seen when USB-C becomes a standard for other devices like tablets, laptops, and more.
Since most smartphones these days come with USB-C, Android OEMs will be able to accept the change quickly, but Apple might need more time to adapt. We might see a USB-C-equipped iPhone 15 series next year since Cupertino has already confirmed it will comply with the new law.
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