Apple and Samsung have already gone ahead with manuals and spare parts available to anyone who needs them, but from the EU they expect even tougher environmental rules.
It seems that the EU will not settle for just the universal charger in an attempt to reduce the amount of e-waste generated by the mobile industry, and as we read on Reddit – following the trail of a news from ArsTechnica – EU -the regulatory authorities are already preparing a new, much broader environmental initiative to combat planned obsolescence and the amount of electronic waste generated every year on the old continent.
In fact, some of the giants of the industry even anticipated the latest rules published by the European Commission bodies, where Apple and Samsung fought for changes and created user manuals, components and parts so that any professional, expert user or electronics handyman can repair any smartphone in their catalog.
The idea is to extend the life of our mobile devices from the current average of 3 years to around 5 years, which would undoubtedly be much kinder to our planet, which is increasingly affected by huge energy costs and the growing need for different materials. extracted from the land used to make all these products, including the new electric cars.
El borrador de regulamento se titula “requisitos de diseño ecológico para telefonos mobiles, telefonos wirelesses y tablets de pizarra” y habla abiertamente de que nuestros telefonos y tablets “a menudo son reemplazados prematuracarlosque u loclarenarioslle” sufficient”.
Universal charger only the beginning: the EU also wants mobile phones to have removable batteries
The most important news is the one that Samsung and Apple had already foreseen, as Europe wants manufacturers and sellers of smartphones to provide users with everything necessary to repair their devices by professionals or by themselves. For at least 5 years, offering no less than 15 types of basic spare parts in all this type since the first launch.
These spare parts would naturally include the most sensitive ones with the battery in mind, in addition to the screen with its touch and front glass, the cameras, the connection and charging ports, the physical buttons, the microphones or speakers, hinges and moving parts in folding bollards, among many other components.. .
The text (Annex II) also mentions the need to produce smartphones with higher quality and/or replaceable batteries and back covers, including batteries that retain more than 83% of their nominal capacity after 500 full charge cycles and up to 80% after 1000 completed cycles. rounds.
Note that Apple now delivers 80% of the iPhone’s battery after 500 cycles, so it would be up to them to improve in Cupertino as well.
There is even more, because the document states that notices and manuals must be available for 7 years from the last day of marketing of the devices, always with relatively open systems, so that any professional technician can register on the platforms and access the repair instructions for any device . They should also be long and detailed enough for an outside repair person to understand the map and wiring diagrams.
The software platforms needed to authenticate and validate coins, as well as to reinstall firmware on smartphones, tablets and other devices, also need to be maintained.
User reliability in after-sales support is also in question, so Europe wants manufacturers to guarantee updates for at least 3 years for the operating system, and a minimum of 5 years in the case of security fixes, and offer these update packages within two years. to four months after the patches are released.
These mandatory updates and fixed deadlines will be welcomed by all and will certainly cause a direct blow to the waterline of the entire most basic range, which is rarely updated beyond a maximum of 12 months.
It is clear that the manufacturers are not keen on such drastic changes to be made in such a short time and are already warning that “the potential overproduction, storage and destruction of so many spare parts” would result in the same or more e -waste, which will also increase the cost of producing and selling all units.
Xiaomi representatives in Europe have also warned that updates do not always depend solely on the manufacturer’s development team, but on third parties, which are often the reason for the lack of updating due to a lack of drivers or compatible applications. In addition, the Haidian giant warns that repairs must always be guaranteed by authorized repairers and using original spare parts, so such openness does not make them too happy if they are eventually forced to maintain guarantees. aforementioned, without checking what they can do for clumsy repair gadgets.
What is clear is that we must take care of the planet and this industry is one of the most expensive in terms of carbon footprint, both due to the electronic waste generated and the high production costs. , including the necessary energy and raw materials, and as long as it does not seem wrong to us that the laws are tightened, as long as it is the customer who remains at the center with his experience intact.
We’ll see how it all ends… We’ll have to keep an eye on Brussels!
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