Apple Fights Proposed Right to Repair Legislation With Warnings of Consumer Harm

Discussion in 'MacRumors.com News Discussion' started by MacRumors, Apr 30, 2019.

  1. MacRumors macrumors bot

    MacRumors

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2001
    #1
    [​IMG]


    Apple is fighting Right to Repair initiatives in California by telling lawmakers that consumers could hurt themselves attempting to repair their own devices, reports Motherboard.

    Over the course of the last few weeks, an Apple representative and a lobbyist for ComTIA, a trade organization representing major tech companies, have been meeting with legislators in California with the aim of killing right to repair legislation that would make it easier for customers to repair their own electronics.

    [​IMG]
    Image via iFixit

    The pair have met with members of the Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee, which held a meeting on a right to repair bill this afternoon. Apple told lawmakers that customers could potentially injure themselves by accidentally puncturing the batteries in Apple devices during attempted repairs.
    Apple has continually lobbied against right to repair legislation across multiple states. Such legislation would require companies like Apple to provide repair parts, tools, and make repair information available to the public.

    Apple devices are notoriously hard to repair given the small, proprietary components and large amounts of adhesive, with repair site iFixit giving Apple products almost universally low repair scores.

    Still, the difficult repairability has not stopped thousands of small independent repair shops from making iPhone repairs. Nathan Proctor, director of consumer rights group US PIRG's right to repair campaign, told Motherboard that suggesting there are safety concerns related to spare parts and manuals is "patently absurd."

    "We know that all across the country, millions of people are doing this for themselves. Millions more are taking devices to independent repair technicians," he said.

    Article Link: Apple Fights Proposed Right to Repair Legislation With Warnings of Consumer Harm
     
  2. kwikdeth macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2003
    Location:
    Tempe, AZ
    #2
    when this article is posted immediately after the article headlining a 30% YOY decline in iPhone sales, its pretty easy to understand the motivation behind Apple's actions in this regard.
     
  3. Plutonius macrumors 604

    Plutonius

    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2003
    Location:
    New Hampshire, USA
    #3
    I wonder how strong the Apple lobbyists will be (i.e. if it will pass or not).

    Of course Apple is only thinking of the consumer. /S
     
  4. Quu macrumors 68030

    Quu

    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2007
    #4
    Ridiculous. This right to repair law isn't just about consumers being able to repair their own products it's about repair shops that don't want to be affiliated with Apple being able to obtain parts to do repairs on the behalf of consumers.

    And I want to also add, I changed the battery in my own MacBook Pro 15" - The kind that is glued in. Really wasn't that difficult, consumers aren't as thick as Apple wishes they were.
     
  5. scottinlexky macrumors member

    scottinlexky

    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2016
    #5
    this makes me even more glad i built my own machine, and puts in doubt if I would buy another iPhone, ever.
     
  6. imageWIS, Apr 30, 2019
    Last edited by a moderator: May 1, 2019

    imageWIS macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2009
    Location:
    NYC
    #6
    Apple is so full of f ing **** when it comes to right to repair; it's nothing but lie, after lie, after lie. Tim Apple is horrible for the end consumer and horrible for the environment.
     
  7. sevoneone macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    May 16, 2010
    #7
    This is getting ridiculous. People have been repairing and maintaining their own cars for nearly a century. Crawling under a 1- to 2-ton hunk of steel and aluminum and having it come crashing down on you is a lot more dangerous than poking a hole in a LiIon or LiPo battery and having it put on a light and smoke show...
     
  8. now i see it macrumors 68040

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2002
  9. imageWIS macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2009
    Location:
    NYC
    #9
    THIS! I popped open my 2011 MacMini the other day, and even though I'd never done it before, I removed the thermal paste and replaced it. I also added and SSD and now the computer is perfectly suitable as a media center to hook up to my TV. If it was up to Apple I would have had to buy a severely overpriced new Mac Mini...
     
  10. rk-apple macrumors newbie

    rk-apple

    Joined:
    May 4, 2015
    #10
    I have saved a lot of money doing screen repairs I learned from ifixit. I’m a fan of both Apple and ifixit. I do like being able to make repairs, however I understand why Apple does make their products the way they do. Sometimes it’s about getting the hardware right rather than making it easy to repair.
     
  11. apolloa macrumors G4

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2008
    Location:
    Time, because it rules EVERYTHING!
    #11
    Oh so me a favour... so now Apple will treat everyone with complete contempt and claim your incapable of understanding repair risks, or taking the appropriate precautions... all because IT wants the money for the repairs.
    Sad really the pathetic level Apple has stopped to on this, if they didn’t deliberately throttle your phone cause the battery’s dying, maybe people wouldn’t want to self repair as much...
     
  12. Victor Mortimer macrumors regular

    Victor Mortimer

    Joined:
    Apr 17, 2016
    #12
    Oh yeah, it's all about $afety.

    I really hope Apple fails at this blatant attempt at a cash grab, not only is right to repair good for consumers, it's good for the environment. A repaired device or computer is one that isn't discarded or sent to India or China for "recycling" - where it's burned in the open air to extract the metals.
     
  13. asdavis10 macrumors 6502

    asdavis10

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2008
    Location:
    Bermuda
    #13
    iPhone Right To Repair Edition will be 1 inch thick with standard Phillips screws. And I'd be ok with it. Just make the non-repair model sleek and thin like I like it.
     
  14. Victor Mortimer macrumors regular

    Victor Mortimer

    Joined:
    Apr 17, 2016
    #14
    Making it easy to repair IS getting the hardware right. Repairability is an incredibly important part of industrial design, and one that Apple gets very wrong.
     
  15. Baymowe335 macrumors 601

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2017
    #15
    iPhone sales were down 17% y/y, not 30%.

    iPad was up 20%
    Wearables up 30%
    Services up 16%

    iPhone is a huge business but is a mature product. Total active devices are still growing every month and again hit new records in all markets.
     
  16. JimmyBanks6 macrumors regular

    JimmyBanks6

    Joined:
    Oct 4, 2017
    #16
    It's definitely not because they charge an arm and a leg for simple service, nope, definitely not that.
     
  17. aapl owner macrumors newbie

    aapl owner

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2013
    Location:
    Raleigh NC
    #17
    Count me impressed, what type of smartphone did you build? Android I guess. What processor did you use and what display technology?
     
  18. kironin macrumors 6502a

    kironin

    Joined:
    May 4, 2004
    Location:
    Texas
    #18

    Yes! great example of why Apple is completely full of it on this. Completely silly.
     
  19. needsomecoffee macrumors regular

    needsomecoffee

    Joined:
    May 6, 2008
    Location:
    Seattle
    #19
    F** Em. So sick of Apple, Deere et. al. pulling this s***. Tim Apple is one of the greatest hypocrites ever. Do not get between Tim Apple and a dollar - your life may depend on it.
     
  20. Rogifan macrumors Core

    Rogifan

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2011
    #20
    I have Apple Care. Last week I dropped my XS and cracked the screen. In less than 2 hours I was out of an Apple Store with the screen replaced. Cost me $30 + tax.

    The only people who care about this are the very tiny percentage of DIYers out there.
     
  21. Aston441 macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2014
  22. Jimmy Bubbles macrumors 6502

    Jimmy Bubbles

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2008
    Location:
    Nashville, TN
    #22
    As a former technician, I say they should provide consumers with the same safety gear (for purchase) along with the repair kits, if they REALLY & truly care about safety.
     
  23. Rogifan macrumors Core

    Rogifan

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2011
    #23
    Have you ever checked out Microsoft’s scores on iFixit?
     
  24. kwikdeth macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2003
    Location:
    Tempe, AZ
  25. Aston441 macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2014
    #25

    MUCH longer than nearly a century.
     

Share This Page

404 April 30, 2019