Proposed EU law looks to force Apple iPhone to have removable batteries

Leaked EU proposals could force smartphone manufacturers to to make all smartphones, including Apple’s iPhone, to feature removable batteries. All brands wanting to sell in the EU would have to make sure each smartphone has a battery that can be removed by the user.

iPhone removable batteries. Image: Apple battery indicatorGareth Beavis for TechRadar:

This proposal is a long way from being confirmed – it’s currently not even out in the public, as it was leaked by Dutch publication Het Financieele Dagblad, claiming to have seen leaked documents of the impending suggested change…

The rumor suggests that the new proposal will be unveiled in mid-March, which makes it impossible for any phone designed this year to incorporate a removable battery.

MacDailyNews Take: Who knew the EU was comprised of so many wannabe smartphone designers?

As with the EU attempt to force Apple to dump iPhone’s Lightning port, this is more EU idiocy that — even if it does get unveiled, then passed, which it very likely won’t — Apple would never have to redesign iPhones as they already offer a removable battery: the Apple Smart Battery Case. Tack on 50 euros the the price of every iPhone and include one in every box sold in the EU. Done.

22 Comments

      1. Diving watches & dive computers have replaceable batteries. They are stronger and more waterproof than anything Apple makes. Are you saying Apple is incapable?

        Apple just wants to force you to buy Applecare by making their disposable gadgets difficult to repair.

        1. OMG. So, your dive watch and computer does what exactly? I’m sure surfing the web under water is wonderful and getting those push notifications that your running out of air on your dive watch works great….righhhhttt. What a moronic argument. Look, when lobbyist and politician become the experts on what products should and shouldn’t have, then we’ll all go back to type writers, TimeX watches, and pencils. Oh, and let’s get ever kid with a phone the ability to mess with their small explosive battery that way they can start the keg camp fires with it. Or a house or plane. Then ever nut with an attorney will sue and extort Apple and say its Apple fault.

          You just can’t fix stupid or stop it from breeding….”what ever”.

            1. Ummm, do you know how to replace a battery in a dive computer? No, I thought not. I do. You need to know how to do it, and use an o-ring and grease and do it right or guess what, you’ll ruin your dive computer next time down. Yeah, let’s all use seals and grease ON OUR PHONES. Next dumb idea.

            2. @Dumb Idea

              Are you really that dense? How many like you to change a lightbulb?
              If I can learn to dive, I can learn to use the equipment.

              The Galaxy S5 had a removable battery and limited waterproofing. It wasn’t a dive phone. Is the iPhone?

            3. “If I can learn to dive, I can learn to use the equipment.”

              I agree. However, it is a very dumb idea to require consumers to learn how to replace a battery in a phone that requires an o-ring and silicone grease in order to maintain waterproofing. Remember the original comment was if dive computers can have user replaceable batters then so can the iPhone. I’m educating you on HOW dive computers have user replaceable batteries and it is a very dumb idea to do the same thing with our phones.

              “The Galaxy S5 had a removable battery and limited waterproofing”

              Look up some reviews, “limited” is the key word there. The iPhone has much better waterproofing. Same goes for Apple Watch. If you want to maintain the same level of waterproofing as you said in your comment “Run on batteries under deep water. Next question.” then the iPhone and Apple Watch will have to switch to integrate o-rings and silicone grease and battery swap kits that you buy and you’ll have to learn how to replace the battery and how to replace an o-ring and how to grease that o-ring.

              You cannot have a simple click out and swap battery in a phone and maintain waterproofing. It cannot be done and that is not how it is done on dive computers.

              Changing the iPhone or any phone to have batteries that are replaced like dive computers is a massively dumb idea. It’s a whole new level of dumb. Don’t blame yourself. You didn’t know how dive computer batteries work. Unless you want to go on record saying the iPhone SHOULD switch to an o-ring and silicone grease in order to provide waterproof user replaceable batteries? Your call. Yes or no?

            4. @Dumb Idea

              If this is true, it is worrisome that the EU may be encroaching a bit too far in product development. That is the real issue.

              On the other hand, I do applaud the EU for watching after EU customers.

              To say that a typical person NEEDS deep waterproofing and that sacrificing a removable battery to do so is the only way has been proven false. If you NEED it, you will learn to do it.

              Most people need waterproofing to the depth of a toilet bowl, or a drop in a pond.

              Still, where is your argument when the iPhone was neither waterproof, or had a removable battery? And further still, where are both versions? There are exactly zero battery removable iPhones, ever.

              Meanwhile this is all rumor, but you BlueBubbles are cute the way you wiggle once Apple’s interests get threatened.

            5. “To say that a typical person NEEDS deep waterproofing and that sacrificing a removable battery to do so is the only way has been proven false.”

              Oh so now we’re calling it “deep waterproofing” are we? Nice goalpost moving. Sorry the original comment was about how easy it would be for Apple to offer user replaceable batteries and maintain great waterproofing because dive computers already do it. What you and others failed to learn first was HOW dive computers offer user replaceable batteries and maintain waterproofing. Not such an easy battery swap anymore is it? Oh buh buh but if users want it they’ll learn. No no no that was not the original comment. Not at all. It was easy to swap the battery, remember?

              You’re the one who is wiggling. Would I prefer a battery that is easy to replace myself on the iPhone? Absolutely yes. Can it be done while maintaining great waterproofing? No. This is not up for debate. Even decent waterproofing isn’t possible with easy battery swapping. Samsung proved that.

              What consumers want is not only waterproofing but protection from other small invasive elements and an easily swappable battery can’t be done in that scenario.

              So are you on record now saying you think phones should offer user replaceable batteries with o-rings and silicone grease in order to swap the battery? Seems like you are. It’s a simple yes or no answer and I’ll note that you haven’t answered the question and I bet you won’t.

            6. @Dumb Idea

              I gave a real example that was easy, and waterproofing enough. It is you that is harping on better waterproofing, as if that was important enough to justify non-removable batteries. And if that is required or desired it is attainable.

              Why would the iPhone need better waterproofing that a Galaxy S5? And if you would like to swim all day with it, fine, make that the non-removable model since you can’t figure that out.

            7. “Why would the iPhone need better waterproofing that a Galaxy S5?”

              You didn’t educate yourself I see. The Galaxy phone is not waterproof. It is only water resistant and while it can be dropped in a toilet or tub and survive it has failed testing when hit with water from a kitchen tap. But who has a kitchen tap? Hardly anyone… probably. rolls eyes

              That is why I told you to look up some information on it and why I said “limited” is the key word when it comes to how waterproof that Samsung phone is. Your arrogance has betrayed you yet again.

              So you are on record now that Apple should make an iPhone model with great waterproofing and a user replaceable battery which means that model will have a compartment with an o-ring and you’ll use silicone grease and a new o-ring when you swap the battery. Remember if you mess up at all in the battery swap your iPhone will not be waterproof. You’ll think it is but it won’t be. Your new iPhone will need to be very thick as well. I’m sure that model will sell in great numbers. You are a product genius! What’s the tag for sarcasm?

              Your idea remains one of the dumbest ever presented in these forums. slow clap

            8. @Dumb Idea

              Okay, sat first I thought you suffered from fan denial, but now you’ve proven you’re either dumb or dishonest or both.

              “You didn’t educate yourself I see. The Galaxy phone is not waterproof. It is only water resistant and while it can be dropped in a toilet or tub and survive it has failed testing when hit with water from a kitchen tap. But who has a kitchen tap? Hardly anyone… probably. rolls eyes”

              It is I that told you immediately upon bringing it up that the s5 that it had limited water proofing. As to your pompous presumptuousness… Educate myself? I had one!

              Then there’s this nugget…
              “Your idea remains one of the dumbest ever presented in these forums. slow clap”

              What idea did I present? I presented facts, not an idea.

              So which is it? You’re dumb, dishonest or both?

    1. As Apple fans are fond of saying “Don’t like it, get something else”.
      There’s a flip side. Don’t like it, sell somewhere else.

      One is a corporate entity run by a board on behalf of stockholders, the others are elected officials on behalf of all citizens (allegedly). I know which the lesser of two evils is, do you?

  1. MDN…

    “Apple would never have to redesign iPhones as they already offer a removable battery: the Apple Smart Battery Case. Tack on 50 euros the the price of every iPhone and include one in every box sold in the EU. Done.”

    Not kidding. Brilliant idea. Not going far enough.
    Small, not removable, backup battery. Frees up space. Primary casing battery of various sizes and capacities. Maybe even with SD support and headphone jack for some.

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