All batteries age, and the lithium-ion battery in your iPhone is no exception. Over time, the battery deteriorates and can no longer hold as much charge as it did when it was new. After a few years of using your phone, you may notice that you can only get 70 or 80 percent of the time use out of your iPhone after you unplug it from the charger.

When the inevitable happens, you don’t have to buy a new iPhone. Instead, you can simply replace the battery for a relatively low cost. Depending on your iPhone, you may notice not only an increase in time away from the charger, but also an improvement in performance, as iOS throttles your iPhone’s processing power when the battery is too degraded.

But while it is possible to replace your battery, it could certainly be easier. Apple currently attaches the battery to the inside of your iPhone with strong adhesive. To remove it, you have to pull a few tabs that break easily, making removal more dangerous than it should be. The battery itself is also fragile, and you’ll have to remove and reattach some very delicate cables. Despite all this, it is possible to replace your battery yourself, but it’s easier to take it to a repair shop. (Apple would prefer it if you used one yourself.)

But if reports are true, the process could be significantly simpler with the iPhone 16.

The iPhone 16 may have an easily removable battery

According to a report from The Information, Apple is planning a new battery strategy for the iPhone 16. With this new line of smartphones, Apple will be able to wrap the battery in a metal enclosure instead of a foil enclosure, which will allow for a new removal process: instead of having to pull tabs to loosen the adhesive on the battery, you would send a low-voltage pulse of electricity through the battery enclosure to loosen it from the iPhone. If successful, the process sounds much safer and easier than the current system.

Apple isn’t said to be doing this out of concern for customers. Instead, it’s likely a response to a new EU law that will require smartphones to have “replaceable batteries” by 2025. Europe has had a fair amount of influence on Apple’s decisions over the past year, forcing the company to open up many of its closed platforms, including allowing independent app stores and browsers on iOS.

Despite that push, only the battery will become easier to replace. There’s no word on Apple making the rest of the iPhone repair process easier, so the iPhone 16 will likely still ship with the usual strong adhesives on the casing that need to be heated and broken to open the device.

Apple’s battery changes could also improve battery capacity

These changes could mean more than just easier battery replacements. According to noted Apple leaker Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will also increase the battery density of the iPhone 16 line by 5 to 10 percent. That extra boost could be result in longer battery life, but since Apple is likely rolling out power-hungry Apple Intelligence features to these new iPhones, these battery life benefits could quickly disappear.