New EU rules for parts and updates would play into Apple’s strength

From Malcom Owen’s “Germany wants Apple to offer iPhone updates and parts for 7 years” posted Saturday on AppleInsider:

Smartphone producers including Apple should be required to provide security patches and spare parts for iPhones and other devices for seven years, according to a proposal from the German government to the European Union, in a bid to make the product category better for the environment.

The German federal government has entered negotiations with the European Commission to alter proposals affecting smartphone and tablet repairs and servicing. While the European Commission is working to push device vendors into offering parts and support for five years, Germany wants more to be done.

The EU intends for the five years of updates to apply to smartphones and tablets, but while parts for smartphones could be offered for five years, tablets could have parts available from manufacturers for six. Heise.de reports the Federal Ministry of Economics wants the periods to stretch to seven years.

Thanks for the link to friend-of-the-blog Bart Yee, who writes:

In theory this is probably a bit of overreach by the EU and Germany. But would that same policy apply to other tech products, automobiles, etc.? Apple is better placed and able to deliver in this regard than practically any Android, and certainly the bulk of mid- and low-priced Android makers. Apple now supports 6 years on most of its post-Phone 6 models and, with tweaks, could continue to support them on a limited software and security basis.

My take: “Whatever you do,” cried Brer Rabbit, “Don’t throw me into the briar patch.”

5 Comments

  1. Jerry Doyle said:
    Apple already provides “security patches” for seven years! Am I missing something here? Apple long has sent security patches to my iOS devices until the seventh year at which time they stopped. Perhaps this seven years currently is limited to the US. I just know that Apple has pushed out security patches on all my iOS devices up to seven years at which point Apple stops. Am I the only one? I cannot speak to the parts and services. Perhaps this proposal is targeted at Android systems.

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    September 5, 2021
    • Gregg Thurman said:
      Perhaps this proposal is targeted at Android systems.

      As it should be.

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      September 5, 2021
    • John Butt said:
      Perhaps you missed the point of PEDs take?

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      September 5, 2021
  2. Gregg Thurman said:
    Always following California, that legislated 5 year support years ago.

    This is great news, unless you’re a pandered of Android products.

    Ironic, isn’t it, that the very regulators that accuse you of monopolistic practices, are proposing rules that cement your leadership position. No matter who prevails, the EU or Germany, that as the ONLY firm geared to recycle its products, Apple wins.

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    September 5, 2021
  3. Fred Stein said:
    A while back, Chuck Jones scoured the 10K to track Apple’s warranty expense allocation which was typically .5%.

    One more metric where Apple out performs.

    When your CEO says, “We don’t want to make the most, we want to make best”, good things happen. When your founder says, “don’t use plywood for the back of a fine cabinet”, values, such as quality, survive beyond your time on earth.

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    September 5, 2021

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