This is clever

Apple cooks up a plan to ease iPhone battery replacement.

Lots of people complain about the European Union and other regulators meddling in tech.

Leave technology and design to Apple, they say, not lawmakers who don’t know what they’re doing.

But I think, in general, EU regulations have led to a lot of improvements: the iPhone moving to USB-C, for example. The newest iPhones are better for having USB-C ports instead of Lightning, a change forced by EU legislation.

Now Apple has come up with a super-clever innovation in response to another “meddling” EU law due to go into effect next year, which dictates that all gadgets sold in Europe must come with easily replaceable batteries.

In response, Apple designed the upcoming iPhone 16 with an easily replaced battery. Instead of gluing the battery in place, the battery will be enclosed in a metal shell that can be detached by applying an electrical current.

Previous leaks showed the new battery and its metal casing, but until now, no one knew why Apple made the change. Details here.

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