The days of removable batteries in devices are long gone, right? If a reported new law in Europe takes shape, they could make a serious comeback. A Dutch financial newspaper reports the European Union (EU) wants to establish a new regulation that would “force electronics manufacturers to facilitate easier battery replacements.” It’s been years since flagship phones and laptops came with easily removable batteries, especially from companies like Apple. Have tech companies pulled the wool over our eyes? Or do people not care as much about removable batteries as the EU thinks? Why batteries are stuck in place If you buy a phone today, chances are you can’t easily remove the battery yourself. If you really want to try it out, it’ll require dozens of steps, including the removal of delicate pieces like the screen and the logic board. It’s not for the faint of heart. For iPhones, that’s been the case since day one. Flagship Android phones and laptops have followed suit. Because batteries are often the first components to fail, that puts an unnecessary expiration date on these expensive devices. Apple’s even admitted to slowing down processors to not kill the batteries on older phones so quickly. That’s… Read full this story
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