APPLE could be forced into another massive change to iPhones by the EU – after the company’s charging cable has already been banned.
The recent shock could have far-reaching implications if given the green light.
Leading companies want all batteries they sell to be easy for users to remove and replace themselves.
That would not only put Apple in trouble, but also almost every other modern smartphone designed for Android.
Beyond portable batteries for electronic devices such as phones, the regulations will also cover industrial batteries, SLI batteries in cars and batteries for electric scooters and e-bikes.
You may remember that cell phones from days gone by had removable batteries that you could easily pull out.
They were gradually abolished so that the devices could become more compact and waterproof.
To replace batteries, you usually have to pay an expert to do it.
The EU Parliament and Council reached a provisional agreement earlier this month.
The proposal aims to reduce e-waste and focuses on the entire battery life cycle, from design to end of life.
It’s also hoped that the push will extend the lifespan of smartphones, allowing people to easily do their own repairs.
But a huge shift like this cannot be sorted overnight.
Once member states have agreed to put the rule into effect, manufacturers have three and a half years to comply.
Although the legislation is designed for EU countries, it could affect the way companies make products around the world – as it could be costly for them to build two different models of everything they make.
Apple already has to make a huge adjustment to future iPhones due to recently passed EU laws.
Policy makers have banned the use of any charging port other than USB-C.
USB-C is already widely used on most Android phones, but Apple has its own Lightning cable.
The iPhone maker warned early on that such a rule could hamper innovation – but said it would comply once it was approved.
From autumn 2024 it must be about USB-C.
The EU Parliament and Council must formally approve the latest deal before anything else happens.
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