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EU regulator urges smartphone makers to provide spare parts and better repair programs

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The environmental impact of gadgets such as smartphones and tablets has been a hot topic for some time now. European Commission regulators are now proposing that smartphones and tabs sold there must provide spare parts for at least five years. The EU hopes this will reduce the environmental impact of new gadgets.

EU regulator wants smartphone makers to offer better repairs

EU regulator wants spare parts for 5 years

The new EU draft regulation refers to “ecodesign requirements for mobile phones, cordless phones and slate tablets”. Most phones and tablets have been replaced by users prematurely and are not fully used or recycled, he said. Extending the life of your phone or tablet by 5 years instead of 2-3 will make a bigger difference.

According to EU research, extending smartphone use for five years is like taking five million cars off the road. That’s why the EU wants smartphone and tab makers to bring in at least 15 different spare parts and provide specialist repairers. Regulations suggest that these can be used for five years, even after the phones have been removed from the market.

Spare parts proposed in the EU draft include displays, charging ports, mechanical buttons for volume and power, batteries, microphones, speakers and hinge assemblies for folding phones.

Smartphones and their impact on the environment

Batteries are one of the main reasons people switch phones after a few years. The EU now wants OEMs to manufacture replacement batteries or design longer-running batteries. This means it provides 83% of its rated capacity after 500 full charge cycles and 80% charge after 1,000 full charge cycles.

Apple now claims that its phones are designed to retain 80% capacity after 500 charging cycles. However, Apple has other issues with his EU. The Apple Lightning cable isn’t as universal as the USB Type-C port on all Android phones. EU regulators want Apple to offer USB Type-C support for their devices as well.

Some reports say Apple may be working on USB Type-C ports and cables for future devices. In contrast, Apple is said to get rid of the port entirely, leaving iPhones and other accessories to support wireless charging only. It remains to be seen when and how OEMs will comply with the new regulatory proposals.

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Story premiered: Sunday, September 4, 2022 at 8:26 AM [IST]

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