The European Union is not giving Apple very good news. First they started to study the standard charging connector that would end up being imposed on all manufacturers, but now they are going one step further. A new initiative is being promoted to force all manufacturers to make it easier to replace batteries , going back in time: the removable batteries in mobile phones.
EU to move mobile phone manufacturers into the past
Not so long ago, the battery could be easily removed from the mobile phone by removing the rear casing. This allowed us to make changes to the battery in a really easy way as anyone could buy a replacement and install it. This changed when the manufacturers decided not to give users access to the battery by completely sealing the devices. This new European legislation could bring us back ‘to the past’ if it succeeds.
But if in the end this rule ends up prospering, not everything will be positive. Although we users can replace the batteries in a really easy way if they are degraded we will also have some problems. Right now the iPhone e s resistant against liquids and dust and this can be achieved thanks to the device being totally waterproof. If the company is forced to allow the removal of the back case, this feature of permeability could be compromised. It is true that the design engineers could end up implementing a system to prevent water from entering although we must consider that the thickness of the equipment will increase considerably.
When will this measure be implemented
At the moment this is an unconfirmed draft that has been filtered by the medium Het Financieele Dagblad. If all goes well this measure will be made public in mid-March and here we will see the statements of the different companies. Here there are already many affected, not only Apple, so the pressure will surely be greater.
But this is a simple proposition that could amount to absolutely nothing. In the short term Apple does not have to worry at all although if this proposal is successful in the European Parliament they will have some problems. Engineers will have to think about how to design the new equipment to adapt to this regulation.
A priori users would benefit in part from this measure, as we will be able to make battery changes in a much more efficient and perhaps more economical way. We won’t have to go through the technical service, although obviously we will have to continue using reliable batteries as a remedy for battery problems in an iPhone XR or any other recent device from the company of the apple.
And you, what do you think about this measure that could begin to be processed in the EU?