One more nail in the coffin for owning your phone...

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by Osamede, Jul 6, 2019.

  1. Osamede macrumors 6502a

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    ...which in turn means look forward to more "SWAP" offerings to rent the phone.

    Apple just won a victory by targeting repair shops in court.

    Apple intends to make it a luxury to own and control your own phone. You either rent from them or if you insist on owning it, they will make you bleed for repairs. Current price in Oslo of fixing an ipad screen with Apple's official repairer is 3x-4x time the price of doing it with a third party.

    (use google translate)
    https://www.dn.no/teknologi/apple/h...selskap-saksoker-en-stakkar-pa-ski/2-1-634167
     
  2. 960design macrumors 68030

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    Porsche dealership also charges 3-4x the local mechanic's rate. Manufacture repair rates have been historically higher than 3rd party since forever. Please clarify your point.

    I own 3 iPhoneXs ( one for me, one for the misses and one for testing/development ).
     
  3. MRrainer macrumors 65816

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    I wonder, if your local repair shops breaks your iPhone during the repair, do you get a new one?

    The problem with these 3rd-parties is that their quality is difficult to assess.

    Relying on google-ranking and (possibly) astroturfed reviews is dangerous.
     
  4. Osamede thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    That's precisely why in the car industry for example, the laws ensure that consumers have access to a wide number of independent repair service providers, by mandating that the manufacturers have real and widely accessible programs of certified repairers.

    That's not the case with Apple, i Norway for example, despite the total dominance of Apple in the market and their nosebleed pricing, there is no Apple shop, just only one authorised repair company for Apple products (a monopoly) and they charge unicorn blood to do the repairs.
     
  5. 960design macrumors 68030

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    Seems like a demand is there, why don't you meet it?
    Get your Apple repair certs, open a small shop and start charging a little less, maybe pegasus blood. The oddly satisfying thing is that all your future personal repairs will be dirt cheap.
     
  6. MRrainer macrumors 65816

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    Where does it say that?

    The law maybe states that parts and manuals need to be available, but that in itself doesn't mean the actual work is done to standards.
    Also, as cars go electric and more and more "intelligence" is in firmware, there's little chance for small "independent" repair shops to survive IMO.
    Even before that, a lot of expensive machinery was sometimes necessary.

    If anything, cars are moving in the direction of iDevices. Not vice-versa.

    As you personally know the total costs of ownership of an Apple device before purchase, you can put away the emotion and just decide according to financial and practical aspects.
     
  7. jeyf macrumors 65816

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    iPhone; either it works or not, not a lot of repairs possible.
     
  8. vkd macrumors 6502a

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    The intelligent option is to avoid iPhones, avoid smartphones, avoid watches, avoid IT co. credit cards (that are thinly disguised Mastercards, truth be told), avoid subscription services, avoid iCloud, avoid subscription apps, avoid smart speakers, etc. Just get an iMac 27" and do all your stuff on that. Get a small laptop for other stuff. Take care of them and they last years. If everyone did this we could all watch in glee as the big fish flounder.
     
  9. AidenShaw macrumors P6

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    Flounders aren't big fish.
     
  10. vkd macrumors 6502a

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    flounder 1 |ˈflaʊndə|

    verb [ no obj. ]

    struggle or stagger clumsily in mud or water: he was floundering about in the shallow offshore waters.

    • struggle mentally; show or feel great confusion: she floundered, not knowing quite what to say.

    • be in serious difficulty: many firms are floundering.
     
  11. DamFu macrumors regular

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    Oh look, its "doesn't get the joke, guy"
     
  12. bbednarz macrumors 65816

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    Why would that bring you glee? It would mean thousands of jobs lost. King of a weird thing to hope for, imo.
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    I can understand why Apple is fighting this. What happens when someone gets their battery swapped out at a 3rd party shop and the phone catches on fire? The headlines will read "iPhone on fire" and not "3rd party battery caused fire in phone". It makes total sense for them to not want this.

    Mildly off topic, but the rumor that Apple is going to put a finger print sensor in the screen makes sense to me because it will make replacing the screen on phones much more difficult if not impossible for 3rd parties.
     
  13. MRrainer macrumors 65816

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    Yeah. Samsung's brand is pretty worthless compared to Apple's and they can't or don't want to run a chain of stores like Apple does. And they've outsourced repair anyway.

    A couple of smart-phones smoldering the pillows of people doesn't really hurt their brand anymore.

    Much less those of other name-less Chinese manufacturers.
     
  14. vkd macrumors 6502a

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    Vengeance for the atrocious business practices that have been laid on us, the gullible public, for the last decade or so. Yeah, you know the culprits, $1000 phones, glued-together stuff, unrepairable stuff, antennagate, bendgate, so many 'gates, the list goes on.
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    Hahahaha :):):):) Nice one. Great joke, by the way. Sorry I forgot to mention it. o_Oo_Oo_O
     

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