EU demanding improvements on cell phone parts, battery endurance

A new draft proposal by the European Commission in Brussels includes a mandate that spare parts for the iPhone and other smartphones be readily available for users.

As part of a continuing examination into e-waste and other concerns, the EC has now proposed a series of measures concerned with “laying down ecodesign requirements for mobile phones.”According to the Financial Times, the proposals include requiring around 15 different component parts be made available for at least five years after the smartphone’s introduction. It also wants batteries to survive at least 500 full charges without deteriorating to below 83% of their capacity.

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