Apple could be forced to install user-removable batteries in iPhones and iPads destined for the European market if new EU rules are introduced. The leaked draft plans have been reported on by Dutch business website Het Financieele Dagblad but have not yet been agreed by the EU or officially announced. If introduced they would apply to any technology company that doesn’t already include a removable battery in its phones, tablets or even wireless earphones. Apple has always used non-removable batteries in its devices, requiring users to go to a specialist repair shop if they face issues with the power supply. Het Financieele Dagblad reports that the European Commission proposals are expected to be formally announced sometime in March. Scroll down for video Apple batteries are notoriously hard to remove and require specialist training and equipment. The EU wants this to become easier with companies being required to have easily removable batteries in their devices The plans tie into the larger European Union e-waste reduction plans that aim to reduce the amount of waste generated by non-recyclable electronic devices. It would require a significant redesign for Apple products, which currently require an expert engineer to change the battery or make any alterations inside… Read full this story
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