Apple reportedly exploring new technology to simplify iPhone battery replacement process

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According to a report, Apple is exploring the use of new technology that would ease the battery replacement process on future iPhone models. The Cupertino company was previously said to be reworking the design of its battery casing, which could be used as part of the company’s efforts to simplify the process of separating the battery from the iPhone. Apple has not yet announced any plans to make iPhone batteries more replaceable, which could be prompted by upcoming EU regulations that are expected to mandate removable batteries on electronics.

The Information reports (via 9to5Mac) that Apple is working on a new method for replacing batteries on iPhones. The “electrically induced adhesive debonding” technology would allow users to remove the battery from inside the iPhone by “delivering a small shock of electricity to the battery,” according to the report, which cites people familiar with the company’s plans.

Apple’s current iPhone models feature batteries that are covered in foil and held in place using adhesive strips, which means users will need to use a pair of tweezers to pry the unit out of the handset’s chassis. It’s not a user-friendly process – you can read more about it on Apple’s support page.

According to the report, the company may make future iPhone batteries out of metal instead of foil, with the new technology allowing the battery to be “popped out” and replaced. While this may be easier than trying to pull the battery out of the handset, the company will reportedly continue to advise users not to attempt repairs themselves.

The publication states that Apple wants to equip one of the models of the iPhone 16 series smartphones this year with a battery that is easy to replace, while this technology may be available on all models next year. Last year, an image of an alleged iPhone 16 Pro battery with a metal shell was leaked online.

Given Apple’s tendency to keep its hardware changes and improvements a secret until the unveiling of its devices, we can expect to learn more about this technology – if it exists – in the coming months, when the iPhone 16 series is unveiled.


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