Apple and other phone manufacturers got some concerning news this week. The EU has voted yes for replaceable battery legislation. They present it as a sustainability issue, from phones dying earlier than normal due to battery issues, e-waste, and more. The final rules aren’t out, but this could have far reaching consequences, including phone sizes, waterproofing, and durability. I mocked the issue of non-replaceable batteries a long time ago, but most phones which have been around long enough to have battery issues, are also beyond the software end-of-life, so is this as big of a problem as the EU thinks?
The European Parliament has voted yes to replaceable battery legislation, putting Apple on a path to a second redesign just over a year after USB-C charging ports were mandated in the bloc.