Alberta Mirror

Thursday, December 9, 2021

Apple will eventually vend parts to allow you to repair it

Key takeaways: 

  • Move contemplated crucial step forward for ‘right to repair’ advocates. 
  • The self-service repair scheme from Apple comes after years of pressure from the customer’s community has caused the firm to offer greater access to fix manuals and genuine parts. 

Apple’s right to repair program: 

Apple will shortly begin vending spare parts and tools to ordinary individuals who wish to create small repairs to their iPhones and Mac laptops, which is a key step forward for the growing ‘right-to-repair campaign. 

The California-based technology giant declared that initiating the coming year, it will shortly vend almost 200 parts and tools that can perform the most usually demanded fixes to several of its smartphones, including iPhone 12 and iPhone 13.

In 2019, Apple initiated a scheme where independent repair stores can purchase its parts, tools and manuals. Apple stated there are now 2,800 independent stores in its scheme in addition to its 5,000 directly authorized repair offerers. 

The current scheme takes that one step ahead, granting owners and users of the devices be able to create several minor fixes themselves.

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Consumers will be provided with similar pricing on parts and tools as independent repair shops and will be able to return their utilized parts to Apple after finishing a fix to receive a discount.

“Creating greater access to Apple genuine parts gives our consumers even more decisive if a fix is required,” COO Jeff Williams said. Source – cbc.ca

‘Right to repair’ campaign

The self-service fix scheme from one of the world’s largest technology firms is a win for the so-called right-to-repair movement that has obtained prominence as more of the products people purchase — from smartphones to dishwashers to farm equipment — become rapidly sophisticated and integrated with computers.

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