Why doesn't Apple want to make smartphones with removable batteries?

August 3, 2023  19:33

Apple's senior vice president of hardware engineering, John Ternus, said that the company has no plans to switch to removable batteries in iPhone smartphones. According to him, such batteries will lead to problems with the durability of the device.

The European Union recently passed a series of new laws that require smartphone manufacturers to install removable, easily replaceable batteries. The same restriction recently began to operate on laptops.

However, according to Ternus, the introduction of removable batteries could create a conflict between smartphone durability and maintainability. While it's possible to make the battery more repairable by making it removable, it would potentially lead to more breakdowns, he says.

Apple emphasizes that their smartphones have a high IP68 rating, which makes them truly water resistant, which is very important for many owners.

Ternus gave an example where a client accidentally dropped his iPhone into a body of water and it took him two days to retrieve it. However, the gadget continued to work, thanks to high-tech adhesives and seals. On the downside, this level of water resistance makes it harder to open and replace the battery.

Apple emphasized that the company aims to increase the maintainability of the iPhone, but not at the expense of the durability of the device. An example is the iPhone 14, which has redesigned the case so that the rear glass can be easily removed for replacement.

On the other hand, it should be noted that the current batteries used by Apple are not as durable and reliable as they are positioned. Many iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro users are complaining about severe battery degradation issues just 11 months after purchasing their smartphones.

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