Though some take the DIY approach to replacing a faulty part in a smartphone, many elect to discard it in favor of an upgraded device, something that results in a fair bit of electronics waste.
To mitigate this — and to make it easy for a handset to be upgraded — the Phonebloks concept has isolated components in removable blocks that can be swapped out with the turn of only two screws
Calling this “the phone worth keeping,” Phonebloks plans to raise awareness for the handset design and its ambitions on October 29, when a massive social media push will start to “show the world” that there’s demand for such a concept. Whether those ambitions will prove well-founded or the handset will wither away, never to be seen again isn’t known, is yet to be seen, but the concept is intriguing nonetheless, and certainly has some appealing aspects.
It’s unclear if Apple will be addressing these concerns with increased design modality in future iPhone releases. Patent records from a more than a year ago reveal Apple’s plans for such functionality: hot swap camera features such as fish-eye & wide-angle lenses to start.