If there is a component of modern cell phones that is the first to fail, it is the battery. It is an evil that does not respect ranges, brands or preferences. And the European Union, in its fight to combat planned obsolescence, has proposed a new set of rules that would force smartphone brands to be much more transparent about battery life on smartphones.
The first proposal of this new law is that manufacturers offer more options to replace the parts of their devices, offering up to 15 of these to professional repairers (referring to repair companies). With this, people in Europe will be able to have much faster and guaranteed access to the parts that most often need to be changed, such as batteries, cell phone covers, chargers or even Sim Card trays.
Perhaps the most interesting thing about the European Union’s proposal is its proposal to include a new energy label for smartphones and tablets from now on, which will work in a similar way to the standard that is used today in most other household appliances such as televisions. This will allow consumers to know how long the expected battery life of a cell phone or tablet is. Along with this information, details of other important elements such as protection against water, dust and resistance to falls would also be included. It is worth mentioning that, with the exception of battery information, many of the device brands already include this information on the boxes of their devices, although not always all the details.
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It is not all. The European Union also wants batteries to have a minimum lifespan of five years. If a manufacturer cannot guarantee this, then it must pass a series of established tests. One of the metrics that will be looked for is that the batteries can reach 100% of their battery after 1,000 complete charge cycles. Manufacturers should also keep in mind with any software update that the impact on the battery is minimal. One last point that seems to have the purpose of avoiding incidents like the one that happened with Apple a few years ago.
The objective of these new regulations is to reduce the ecological impact that programmed obsolescence in technology is having. The European Union believes that cell phone manufacturers are currently creating devices that are not very durable, which is an issue to be solved in the face of the current climate crisis. According to estimates presented by the EU, just extending the life cycle of smartphones by five years is the equivalent of removing five million cars from the roads.
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