EU battery regulation, Nintendo, and Microsoft
Welcome back to Multicore for, um, Friday June 23rd.
Apologies for my absence earlier this week. As I mentioned on Substack Notes, I managed to fully dislocate my shoulder playing pickup basketball over the weekend in what I can only describe as a very on-brand injury. I was “driving to the rim” and it ended up looking more like driving into a ditch. I'm okay, but my left arm isn't, so I'm typing this with some degree of difficulty.
But it's been a conveniently slow week for news, which is often the case when there's a US holiday on Monday (in this case Juneteenth). I'll round up some thoughts on a few stories so we're all caught up for now and ideally we can get back to the sweeping epics next week.
The European Union has overwhelmingly voted to revamp regulations on batteries, with the ultimate goal of reducing e-waste.
Here's the part of most interest to Multicore:
Portable batteries incorporated in appliances shall be readily removable and replaceable by the end-user or by independent operators during the lifetime of the appliance, if the batteries have a shorter lifetime than the appliance, or at the latest at the end of the lifetime of the appliance.
A battery is readily replaceable where, after its removal from an appliance, it can be substituted by a similar battery, without affecting the functioning or the performance of that appliance.
There's a lot of wiggle room in this wording, and the implementation isn't expected to happen until 2027 at the earliest. Ultimately, though, it could result in the EU mandating user-swappable batteries in devices like smartphones, depending on how hardline a path it takes. Does an iPhone already qualify because you can take it to a repair shop run by an "independent operator" and get its battery replaced? Who can say.
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