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.”