European regulators are planning to force phone manufacturers to supply at least 15 different parts to professional repairers for five years after a device first goes on sale. Consumers will also get guaranteed access to replacement batteries, displays, chargers, back covers, and even SIM / memory card trays for five years.
Given that Jobs' Mob fought the EU tooth and nail to prevent two year warranties and lost, we suspect it might be rather miffed at Europe's plans.
The draft proposals are designed to improve the repairability of smartphones and tablets and reduce their carbon footprint across Europe.
The Financial Times reports that extending smartphone lifecycles by five years would be roughly the equivalent of removing five million cars from the road.
The EU argues that forcing manufacturers to make products that are more durable and easier to repair should reduce e-waste, and improve recycling rates and the reuse of materials needed to manufacture devices.
If the proposals are adopted across Europe later this year, a new energy label on smartphone and tablets will also be introduced and will act much like the labels on TVs and white goods across Europe. The energy label will indicate the likely battery life of a phone or tablet, and also include information on a device’s protection against water and dust and even rate a phone’s resistance to accidental drops.
Under the EU’s plans, if manufacturers can’t supply batteries to consumers for five years, they will have to meet a set of battery endurance tests instead. These will ensure devices achieve 80 percent of a rated capacity after 1,000 full charge cycles. Manufacturers will be forced to ensure software updates never have a negative effect on battery life.