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posted by janrinok on Monday November 21, @11:10AM   Printer-friendly

India follows EU's example in requiring USB-C charging for smart devices

India is on a path to require USB-C charging ports in almost all smart devices following actions taken by an inter-ministerial task force.

Rohit Kumar Sing, Secretary of the Department of Consumer Affairs, said the move is "in the interest of consumer welfare and prevention of avoidable e-waste."

The broad consensus in the meeting was that USB-C would be required for electronic devices like smartphones, tablets, and laptops – but "feature phones" could end up with a different charging option. A sub-committee was formed to determine the fate of wearable devices.

But things won't change overnight. The move toward USB-C will be done in phases to ensure industry and consumers alike have time to adapt.

Previously: USB-C to be Mandatory for Phones Sold in the EU by Autumn 2024
UK Will Not Copy EU Demand for Common Charging Cable
Apple to Put USB-C Connectors in iPhones to Comply With EU Rules


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USB-C to be mandatory for phones sold in the EU by autumn 2024

The EU have agreed legislation, alternate link, forcing all future smartphones sold in the EU — including Apple's iPhone — be equipped with USB-C port for wired charging by autumn 2024. The rule will also apply to other electronic devices including tablets, digital cameras, headphones, handheld video game consoles, and e-readers. Laptops will have to comply with the rule at a later date.

The legislation still needs to be approved by the EU Parliament and Council later this year, but this appears to be a formality. In a press release, the European Parliament stated clearly that the law will be in place "by autumn 2024." By this date, all devices covered by the law and sold in the EU will have to use USB-C for wired charging.

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EU agrees single mobile charging port in blow to Apple:

Apple (AAPL.O) will have to change the connector on iPhones sold in Europe by 2024 after EU countries and lawmakers agreed on Tuesday to a single mobile charging port for mobile phones, tablets and cameras in a world first.

The political intervention, which the European Commission said would make life easier for consumers and save them money, came after companies failed to reach a common solution.

Brussels has been pushing for a single mobile charging port for more than a decade, prompted by complaints from iPhone and Android users about having to switch to different chargers for their devices.

UK Will Not Copy EU Demand for Common Charging Cable 36 comments

BBC: UK will not copy EU demand for common charging cable

The UK government says it is not "currently considering" copying European Union plans for a common charging cable.

The EU has provisionally agreed all new portable electronic devices must, by autumn 2024, use a USB Type-C charger, a move it says will benefit consumers.

[....] Under the current post-Brexit arrangements, the regulation would apply to Northern Ireland, according to EU and UK officials.

DailyMail: Britain will NOT follow the EU and make USB-C charging ports mandatory on all phones – meaning Apple's 'lightning connector' will be allowed everywhere in the UK except Northern Ireland

[....] Since the EU's announcement, it had been uncertain if the decision could affect Apple products sold in the UK and other non-EU countries in Europe.

But a UK government spokesperson has told MailOnline: 'We are not currently considering replicating this requirement.'

[....] This complicates things for Apple; the firm might have to make devices with USB-C ports to sell in EU countries and Northern Ireland, as well as making devices with a Lightning ports to sell in the UK and other non-EU countries.

To simplify things, Apple could just opt to make devices with USB-C ports in the whole of Europe.

Apple to Put USB-C Connectors in iPhones to Comply With EU Rules 28 comments

Apple to put USB-C connectors in iPhones to comply with EU rules

Apple will ditch the Lightning connector on its iPhones, the company has confirmed, after European regulators decided all smartphones should have USB charging as standard in two years' time.

New EU rules require all phones sold after autumn 2024 to use the USB-C connector for their charging ports. The oval-shaped plugs are already standard on other consumer electronics such as e-readers, games consoles, laptops and the vast majority of new Android phones.

[...] Now, Apple's head of marketing, Greg "Joz" Joswiak, says the company is conceding defeat. "Obviously we'll have to comply, we have no choice," he told a technology conference in California.

But, he argued, it "would have been better environmentally and better for our customers to not have a government be that prescriptive".

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  • (Score: 2) by krishnoid on Monday November 21, @09:11PM (2 children)

    by krishnoid (1156) on Monday November 21, @09:11PM (#1280892)

    Until then, you can get universal bend-to-disconnect magnetic-ended cables and charge (albeit slowly) any lightning and micro/USB/C port devices. There are lots of different manufacturers; I've used this brand [amazon.com] and they're worth trying for under $20 a set. Just in time for the holidays!

    Not to advertise, but I've also had good luck with this charger [amazon.com]. It's quite compact, intelligently turns ports on and off as the devices connected to them show a full charge, and was one of the few things I was able to get for a friend that already has everything, that he was able to use right away. I also velcro command-stripped one to a hallway file cabinet at work a while back, and lots of people used it there too without ever running out of ports.

    • (Score: 2) by Username on Tuesday November 22, @04:30PM (1 child)

      by Username (4557) on Tuesday November 22, @04:30PM (#1281062)

      I do too much metal work to have magnetic charge cables. I burnt out a few of these ends with the small filing that will stick on it. The best part about these is dropping or walking away with a plugged in mag charger will not result in a broken connector in the device. I can do hotair rework to replace a broken usb port, but I think average joe would just buy a new phone.

      • (Score: 2) by gnuman on Tuesday November 22, @09:59PM

        by gnuman (5013) on Tuesday November 22, @09:59PM (#1281158)

        There are repair places that will do this for a few euro, if need be. It's not so difficult job. 20-50 euro or 600 euro for phone?

  • (Score: 2) by Username on Tuesday November 22, @04:22PM (1 child)

    by Username (4557) on Tuesday November 22, @04:22PM (#1281059)

    I like usb-c connectors, but I don't feel they should be legally required. Especially for charging. Qi is far more convenient for charging. The apple mag connectors also works well.

    Not all usb-c chargers charge at the same voltage. If they did, there wouldnt be hundreds of stores selling CD3215s.

    • (Score: 2) by gnuman on Tuesday November 22, @09:56PM

      by gnuman (5013) on Tuesday November 22, @09:56PM (#1281157)

      The phones generally only have ONE connector.

      Secondly, USB-C for charging is great as it's useful for laptops and monitors too. We can now have independent power supplies to the end-user equipment.

      Thirdly, I don't want to keep throwing out useless power supplies each year that are only meant for one gizmo. At least with a phone, it can be used for other purposes thanks to USB standard.

      Not all usb-c chargers charge at the same voltage. If they did, there wouldnt be hundreds of stores selling CD3215s.

      Actually, they all start at 5V and then there is negotiation what happens next. This is not new tech -- around for last decade with QC and related. At very least with a single standard, it's easier to repair

      https://repair.wiki/w/Charger_stuck_at_5_V_instead_of_20_V [repair.wiki]

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