Apple is developing new technology that will make it easier to replace iPhone batteries in the future

Last year, the European Union passed a law requiring mobile phone manufacturers to ensure that batteries are improved by 2025 so that users can replace them with simple tools.

Under pressure from European regulators, Apple is also exploring a new technology that would make it easier for consumers to replace batteries.

According to The Information, Apple is currently developing “electrical induction adhesive debonding technology.” This would make iPhone batteries easier to replace and also reduce electronic waste.

According to reports, the iPhone’s new battery casing will use metal instead of ordinary foil to cover the battery.

When replacing the iPhone battery in the future, you only need to apply a small current to the battery casing to easily remove the battery from the bottom plate of the frame.

As early as last month, Tianfeng International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had exposed new changes to the iPhone battery in an analysis report.

Ming-Chi Kuo said that the battery of iPhone 16 Pro will increase the energy density and will also debut a stainless steel casing. It is reported that domestic manufacturer Xinwei Communications is Apple’s main supplier of stainless steel battery casings.

Now it seems that Apple's choice of stainless steel as the battery casing may be paving the way for a new battery bonding process.

iFixit, which specializes in repairing digital products, often rates the ease of repair of various products on its website.

After seeing the news, Kyle Wiens, CEO of iFixit, commented: "I would love to see Apple innovate in improving repairability."

Kyle Wiens believes that "glue is the bane of modern equipment repair, and any method that helps reverse the use of adhesive is welcome."

Kyle Wiens further pointed out that "applying voltage to release iPhone batteries is a promising method."

Because in most cases, DC power supplies for testing and charging electronics are readily available.

However, even if Apple upgrades the new battery casing material, it is still a challenge for most users to replace the iPhone battery alone.

For components such as iPhone screens, Apple may still use adhesives and screws to secure them. Apple officials also recommend that users try to seek help from professional technicians when replacing batteries.

When the first generation of iPhone was just released, many mobile phone manufacturers would use "the battery cannot be replaced" as a talking point to ridicule the iPhone.

But as time goes by, non-removable batteries have gradually become the mainstream choice for all types of portable electronic products.

In 2022, in response to bills related to the right to repair, Apple launched a self-service repair program.

Consumers can purchase corresponding parts from Apple and rent special tools, and then repair the iPhone on their own.

However, this process requires a very complicated process. Moreover, special tools are bulky, difficult to transport, and very expensive to rent. Therefore, this self-service maintenance project has not been popularized for a long time.

On June 26, Apple also released a white paper introducing Apple’s principles of durable design.

According to the white paper, Apple will display battery health data later this year, including maximum capacity and number of cycles.

In the future, Apple will also be compatible with third-party batteries, but it may prompt in the settings that the battery has not yet been certified by Apple.

Last year, John Ternus, Apple's senior vice president of hardware, said in an interview with ORBIT that complying with EU battery regulations requires trade-offs. If users could easily take their phones apart, this could make the iPhone less water-resistant.

Regarding users’ concerns about replacing batteries, John Ternus responded:

We absolutely believe that if people need to replace their battery, there should be a safe and effective way to do it, and we've made that happen through various Apple Stores and our service partners.
We always strike a carefully engineered balance between product durability and repairability.

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