Apple is gearing as much as roll out iOS 15 later this yr. The corporate plans to roll it out to a number of of its gadgets, going all the way in which again to the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. It will make Apple the one smartphone OEM to supply seven years of software program updates to its gadgets. That’s a exceptional feat, contemplating that solely a few OEMs on the Android aspect promise three years of OS upgrades and 4 years of safety updates. To bridge this hole, the EU proposed a brand new regulation earlier this yr that may drive all smartphone OEMs to supply as much as 5 years of safety updates for his or her gadgets and ship fairly priced spare components for a similar period.
Though the EU’s new proper to restore legal guidelines are but to enter impact, the German Federal Authorities has now introduced plans to increase the assist timeline by two years. A spokesperson for Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economics lately mentioned (through Heise On-line) that the federal government physique plans to implement stricter guidelines that may require OEMs to ship spare components and software program updates for seven years. As well as, the Federal Authorities needs OEMs to publish the spare half costs and never improve them over time.
That’s good news. With Germany being such an necessary a part of the EU, I can solely hope they may set the tone for the remainder of the international locations to observe. Do word, nonetheless, that it’s election season in Germany, so be looking out for political trial balloons.