During the meeting, a broad consensus emerged among stakeholders on adoption of USB Type – C as a charging port for electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets, laptops etc. Further, it was deliberated that a different charging port may be adopted for feature phones.
The Department has also decided to form a sub-group to examine the feasibility of uniform charging port for wearables. The sub-group will include representatives from industry bodies, educational institutions etc.
It was also felt that an impact study may be conducted by the MoEFCC to assess and examine the possible impact of uniform charging port in electronic devices with regard to e-waste.
Stakeholders agreed that a phased roll-out of the common charging port is may be conducted so that the same can be applied by the industry and adopted by consumers harmoniously.
Now some of you might read this and say that Apple’s name isn’t anywhere on this press release. But the fact is that pretty much everything phone or headphone related has switched to USB-C ages ago. That effectively leaves Apple as the odd man out. At this point, Apple might as well just resign themselves to putting out a USB-C iPhone next year and make it available across the planet. Because other countries will copy the EU now that they have forced Apple’s hand. Of course Apple will find some way to make it “special” in some way, or to make something like fast charging or fast transfer speeds a “Pro” feature so that they can make a few extra bucks. But it looks like USB-C is gaining traction and Apple can’t stop it.
Your move Apple.