India expected to exclude Apple Watch and AirPods from proposed rules for USB-C chargers

Similar to upcoming EU charging laws requiring Apple and all other smartphone manufacturers to use USB Type-C on all mobile phones, tablets and cameras sold in the 27 countries of the EUIndia is also looking to introduce similar regulations requiring the use of USB Type-C for charging, though the country may rule out upcoming legislation on AirPods and Apple Watches.

According to a report by mintIndia is reportedly considering exempting feature phones, wearables and personal audio products from the proposed new law, allowing Apple to continue selling the Apple Watch and AirPods in the country without changes to how the products are billed.

But the full details of the proposed new regulations for USB-C chargers are still unknown, citing a senior Indian official, mint says device makers and stakeholders share concerns about the mandate, which could force consumers to buy new charging accessories for future product purchases.

In an interview early last year, Apple’s vice president of global marketing, Greg Joswiak, said the company had “no choice” but to comply with the EU’s new billing rules.confirms that Apple will switch from the Lightning connector to USB-C with future products, although it did not specify when the transition would begin.


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