Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 5th Jul 2017 17:07 UTC
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"We must reinstate the reparability of all products put on the market," said Parliament's rapporteur Pascal Durand MEP: "We have to make sure that batteries are no longer glued into a product, but are screwed in so that we do not have to throw away a phone when the battery breaks down. We need to make sure that consumers are aware of how long the products last and how they can be repaired".

Parliament wants to promote a longer product lifespan, in particular by tackling programmed obsolescence for tangible goods and for software.

This is a very noble goal, but I am afraid that in many product segments, this ship has sailed. Does anybody honestly expect, for instance, smartphone makers to go back to screwed cases and removable batteries? I would love if they did, but I just don't see it happening.

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by sj87 on Wed 5th Jul 2017 18:15 UTC
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They should rather standardize the batteries even if it came at a slight cost of regressing battery life. Repairability means nothing when spare parts cost easily more than the re-sale value of the whole machine or they are crappy Chinese fakes.

There is absolutely no reason for the batteries to be unique-to-device when actual device geometry varies only by 1-2 mm per dimension. (When talking about mobile phones; with laptops the issue is even more neglible.)

Edited 2017-07-05 18:20 UTC

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