| 18 July 2024, Thursday |

Apple warns India’s EU-style charger rules will hit local production target

According to a government document, Apple (AAPL.O) has warned India that if New Delhi follows the European Union and mandates that all current iPhones have universal charging ports, its local production targets will be missed.

This is part of the tech giant’s lobbying efforts for a delay or exemption.

India is in talks with manufacturers to introduce the requirement in India by June 2025, six months after the EU deadline, in order to comply with a rule proposed by the EU requiring smartphones to include a universal USB-C charging connector.

Apple is resisting, despite the fact that all manufacturers, including Samsung (005930.KS), have accepted India’s proposal.

Apple has for years offered a unique lightning connector port on its iPhones. The EU, however, estimates a single charger solution would save about $271 million for consumers, and India has said the move will reduce e-waste and help users.

In a closed-door Nov. 28 meeting chaired by India’s IT ministry, Apple asked officials to exempt existing iPhone models from the rules, warning it will otherwise struggle to meet production targets set under India’s production-linked incentive (PLI) scheme, according to the meeting minutes seen by Reuters.

  • Reuters