Critics of Apple’s decision to ship portable devices fitted with a non-removable battery may get their way if a new European Union directive is passed.
In simple terms, the “New Batteries Directive” is supposed to ensure that the batteries in gadgets must be easily removable prior to the device being disposed of.
Apple offers a free recycling service for its products when they reach the end of their life, but this may not be enough. The directive would ensure that consumers could easily remove the battery, with the company providing details of how to do so safely. This would supposedly cut down on the risk of equipment being thrown away with batteries still in place.
As with most EU legislation, there’s a lot of red tape and bureaucracy to get through before anything changes. Don’t expect to see user-replaceable power packs on iPods and iPhones any time soon.