E.U. to Mandate ‘Easily’ Replaceable Batteries

European Parliament press release last week:

Three and a half years after the entry into force of the legislation, portable batteries in appliances must be designed so that consumers can easily remove and replace them themselves.

Pocketnow picked this up and speculates that “easily” here means something akin to the decades-ago era when you could just pop the back off of a phone without tools and swap the battery. That’s not going to happen. As pertains to Apple devices, I think “easily” is encompassed by the Self Service Repair program. Which, well, isn’t really easy. So I suppose we shall see what the E.U. intends here.

Wednesday, 21 December 2022