Apple provides resources to repair iPhones on their own

Apple has been criticized for deliberately making it more difficult to repair iPhones yourself and with independent repairers. Mobiles are generally more difficult to repair today due to more closed constructions.

The right to repair, “right to repair”, Has become a (environmental) movement with the basic idea that consumers who own electronics should have the right to repair it the best they want. Apple has now surprised by providing resources to repair iPhones on their own, for those who feel comfortable trying.

Initially, only the Iphone 12 and 13 series are included in the investment, followed by Mac computers with M1 chips. The program will begin in early 2022 in the United States and will reach more countries later next year. Apple supports the repair or replacement of the monitor, battery, and camera. The range of components will be expanded in the long term.

A repair manual as well as all the tools and parts needed can be purchased from Apple. After the repair, the broken parts can be sent to Apple for recycling, which should provide some compensation which can be deducted from the cost.

The Verge writes that Apple has long tried to prevent independent repairs by restricting access to components, manuals and diagnostic tools, and that Apple deliberately designed products that are difficult to repair and that the company lobbied for legislation that would ensure the right to repair electronics.

The source says that Apple’s complete reversal is not philanthropic, but that the investment was carried out under pressure from activists, regulations and shareholders. You can read more about the background to Apple’s “Self Service Repair” here.


Source: Swedroid by swedroid.se.

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