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EU against Apple: the European iPhone could have the …

By Giacomo Martiradonna Friday 28 February 2020

The European Union is thinking about a proposal that would force smartphone manufacturers to implement removable batteries in the Old Continent. So what will happen to iPhone?

The proposal that the European Union is working on could force producers to reintroduce the use of the old one removable battery on smartphones. If the initiative were to pass, in order to continue selling in the common market, Apple would in fact be forced to Apple edit iPhone to make it possible for the user to replace the battery.

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After the push and pull on the universal charger, there is another initiative that risks affecting the day in Tim Cook; in an attempt to protect consumers and the environment, the EU is envisaging a new regulatory framework aimed at reduce the impact of electronic waste. This was revealed by the Dutch newspaper Het Financieele Dagblad.

The simple speech: when the battery of a smartphone trudges, the performance also drops, indirectly inducing the user to buy the new model. The replacement out of warranty takes place through highly qualified (and therefore expensive) personnel discourages reuse device.

Let's take a concrete example: iPhone 5c. The replacement of the battery of this model costs, in the Apple Store, 55 for a phone that on eBay is regenerated at 75 including 12 months of warranty. It goes without saying that, with such figures at stake, it is more convenient throw the old man and purchase the regenerated (or even more recent product), thus doubling the amount of waste generated in the long term.

If the battery replacement operation was within everyone's reach, however, probably we will lengthen the average life of each smartphone; which investors would not like.

On the other hand, easy to imagine theApple's opposition to this type of proposal. A removable battery would indeed force you to review the entire engineering iPhone, not to mention the implications on the front of the waterproof and the overall thickness of the device, and those on innovation in general.

In any case, it should be stressed that this is a hypothesis not yet public, and far from having reached a definitive form; in other words, the process still long. But in his embryonic draft he already plans to return spare parts available with fair forms and prices, and that unsold items are reused and recycled. A revolution that would displease many in the industry, not just Apple.