Apple threatened Indian authorities with a production cut due to
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Apple threatened Indian authorities with a production cut due to the single charging port law

Apple told Indian authorities that it would not be able to produce devices in the required quantities in the country if the local government, following the example of the European Union, required all existing iPhones to be equipped with a universal charging port be. The company proposes to exclude its products from this regulation or to provide a deferral.

    Image source: apple.com

Image source: apple.com

India plans to introduce a standard similar to the European standard that will require all smartphones to be equipped with a universal USB Type-C charging port. The country’s authorities are conducting consultations with device manufacturers and propose to introduce a new standard as early as June 2025, six months after it comes into force in the EU. All manufacturers, including Samsung, agreed to the initiative, but Apple continues to resist it.

Most iPhone models released are equipped with a proprietary Lightning connector. The EU estimates that the requirement to unify the charging port will save residents of the region about $271 million, and Indian authorities talk about reducing e-waste and providing convenience for users. At a closed meeting on November 28 chaired by the head of India’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Apple urged officials to exempt existing iPhone models from this rule, warning that otherwise it would be difficult for the company to meet production targets It had established the country’s Production-Linked Incentive (PLI) system within the framework of the current regulation. This scheme is particularly widely used by Foxconn, Apple’s main manufacturing partner. Apple did not provide specific production figures, but the department agreed to review the company’s request and make a decision later, it said Reuters with reference to two of our own sources.

By the end of 2023, 12-14% of all iPhones will be produced in India, and next year that number will rise to 25%, says industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Apple accounts for 6% of the Indian smartphone market, up from 2% four years ago. Apple’s suppliers have now expanded their capacities and are manufacturing iPhone 12, 13, 14 and 15 in India for the local market and for export. Of these, only the iPhone 15 is equipped with a universal USB Type-C port. In a meeting with officials, Apple emphasized that it cannot change the configuration of existing models. At the same time, Indian consumers are predominantly price-conscious and prefer earlier iPhone models, which become cheaper with each successive generation.

The European single charging port regulation will come into force in December 2024 and India plans to implement it by June 2025. Apple said it could meet that deadline if existing iPhone models were exempt from the rule, otherwise it would have to wait until mid-2026.

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