IT WAS A COMPLETE 180 DEGREE TURN.
On November 17th, Apple said that it would provide specialised tools and components to consumers “who are comfortable with doing their own repairs”
in order to restore their broken iPhones. The company has been adamantly defending its long-standing policy of only allowing its personnel, or licenced workshops, to tinker with its goods up until its announcement.
It has even disabled iPhones that had been restored through various techniques in the past.
To begin with, Apple’s new policy will only apply to certain repairs, such as broken screens and flat batteries in the company’s most recent models, and only to consumers in the United States.
However, the company claims that it will expand the programme to include more products and nations in the future.
Apple’s decision has been hailed as a victory for the “right to repair” movement.
The Repair Association, an American advocacy group, is fighting manufacturers’ attempts to restrict people from repairing their own items, whether it’s smart phones, cars, or washing machines, all over the world.
Automobile manufacturers are increasingly under pressure.
Many farmers have downloaded hacked software for their tractors in order to undertake repairs without having to go via a costly authorised dealership, and John Deere has been embroiled in a long-running conflict with them.
A well-known cause is the right to repair. According to a recent YouGov poll, 81 percent of Britons favour extending right-to-repair legislation to include smartphones, tablets, and computers (it already covers things such as white goods and televisions).
Politicians appear to be on board, as well.
According to the US Public Interest Research Group (US PIRG), a lobbying group, twenty-seven American states are contemplating right-to-repair legislation, however none has yet become law.
The European Parliament recently agreed to tighten EU regulations, requiring that new electrical devices be repairable for at least ten years.