Apple’s monopoly over, the EU-recognized Type-C charger, what will be the effect of this decision in India?

The European Union has implemented the Universal Charger rule in Parliament on Tuesday. According to this rule, companies will have to provide uniform Type-C chargers for mobiles, tablets, cameras, laptops, smart watches etc. That is, now even a company like Apple will have to provide a similar charger for each of its devices. Apple’s name especially because Apple is the only company that was against this rule. Apple uses Lightning chargers instead of USB-C type chargers in its iPhone phones.

Strong support in favor of a similar charger

According to the new rule, by 2024, all electronic companies will have to add a Type-C charging portal to their devices. Lawmakers from 27 EU countries voted on the issue, with strong support for companies to offer uniform chargers. This strong support can be gauged from the fact that 581 out of 602 lawmakers voted in favor of the uniform charger. Only 13 votes were cast against it. These 8 people stayed away from voting.

Why Type-C charger?

Every device can be charged with just one USB Type-C charger. Obviously, the Type-C charger has been adopted for its accessibility and considering it to be relatively faster. According to the report, a written law will be made for this from the beginning of 2023, and, by the end of 2024, all the remaining chargers will be finished from all the countries of the European Union. This proposal was first given by the European Commission in 2021. The European Union believes that if a uniform charger rule is implemented, people will not have to spend unnecessarily on new chargers. This will save 250 million euros i.e. about two billion rupees annually to 450 million consumers in Europe.

Reduction in e-waste

Along with this, electronic waste will also come down by 11,000 tonnes annually. According to a report, about 86 kg of invisible waste is released in the manufacture of a smartphone and about 1,200 kg in the manufacture of a laptop. A 2019 report shows that 50 percent of chargers sold with mobile phones in 2018 had a USB micro-USB connector, while 29 percent had a USB-C type connector and 21 percent had a Lightning connector. That is, 21 percent of the chargers were from Apple only.

Why was Apple against the decision?

The Apple company has been most unhappy with this decision. Apple is known for its uniqueness. Most of its customers buy Apple phones in order to register their special presence in front of the common people. Because this company not only keeps its device different from other companies, but its price is also relatively high. That’s why Apple has been opposing the idea for a long time. Apple argues that manufacturing the same thing stifles innovation. The company also argued that forcing users to switch to new chargers could create a mountain of electronic waste. However, according to a report in Bloomberg, the company is currently testing some models that will run with its USB-C connector.

What will be the impact of this decision on India?

This decision of the European Union is not going to have any effect on India. But the West is ahead of the East. He first makes the rules after which the rest of the country follows his steps. In such a situation, it is believed that sooner or later a similar charger rule will be implemented in India as well. However, a meeting has also been held between the central government and the industry stakeholders on August 17 regarding the common mobile phone charger. It is also being argued that when a company like Apple will make a charger for the countries of the European Union, it would like to make the same charger for the countries of the rest of the world as well so that its cost can be reduced.

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