India is planning to follow up on the EU’s USB Type-C restrictions, according to IT House.
India plans to make it mandatory for cell phones on sale in the country to have USB Type-C ports starting in March 2025.
This means that Apple’s iPhone 16 series models launching in the fall of 2024 will have to switch to USB-C ports if they are to be sold in India.
Rohit Kumar Singh, secretary of India’s Ministry of Consumer Affairs, said the plan applies to both “mobile” and “wearable electronics”, two common digital products.
India will be mandatory after March 2025.
And the European Union requires mobile devices sold in the EU to be equipped with USB-C ports between 2024 and 2025.
Apple marketing chief Greg Joswiak said in a recent interview that the company will follow the mandatory requirement.
That means consumers may have less than three years before an iPhone with a USB-C port is actually available.