Apple Explains Why iPhones Are Unlikely To Get Removable Batteries
Have you ever wondered why the era of removable batteries ended with the advent of smartphones? From Apple's iPhones to high-end Androids made by Samsung and OnePlus, barely any phones now offer the option to remove your battery from your device.
Dumb phones would allow users to not only remove the battery but also make replacing them easier when the battery became worn out. Now, to get the battery changed, one has to take it to the repair centre that can often cost a bomb.
Why wouldn't Apple allow removing batteries?
In a recent interview, Apple's senior vice president of hardware engineering, John Ternus, explained why it'd be difficult to make iPhones with removable batteries again. The major concern, he said, had to do with water resistance.
"We absolutely believe that if people need a battery replacement, there should be a safe and effective way to do that," Ternus told YouTube channel Orbit.
"You can make an internal component more maintainable by making it discrete and removable, but that actually adds a potential point of failure. Using the data, we can understand which parts of the phone need to be repaired and which parts are actually better made so reliable that they never need to be repaired. It’s always a kind of balance."
In June, the European Parliament approved new rules for battery design, calling for appliances to have portable batteries that users can remove and replace whenever they want.
The European Union is constantly pushing for design requirements, forcing Apple to switch to USB-C on its upcoming iPhone 15 series. With the new regulation, smartphone makers like Apple and Samsung would be required to change their battery design so that users can replace them as they please.
The EU rules exclude appliances that are "in an environment that is regularly subject to splashing water, water streams or water immersion and that are intended to be washable or rinseable." Apple could use its water resistance reasoning to escape the new rules.
"Our iPhones are IP68 rated, so they’re incredibly water resistant," Ternus said in the interview, adding that "to get this level of water resistance, there are a lot of high-tech adhesives and sealants to make everything waterproof but, of course, it makes the opening process a little more difficult. So there is a balance."
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