Leaked internal documents show Apple is capable of implementing ‘Right to Repair’ legislation

“As Apple continues to fight legislation that would make it easier for consumers to repair their iPhones, MacBooks, and other electronics, the company appears to be able to implement many of the requirements of the legislation, according to an internal presentation obtained by Motherboard,” Jason Koebler writes for Motherboard.

“According to the presentation, titled ‘Apple Genuine Parts Repair’ and dated April 2018, the company has begun to give some repair companies access to Apple diagnostic software, a wide variety of genuine Apple repair parts, repair training, and notably places no restrictions on the types of repairs that independent companies are allowed to do. The presentation notes that repair companies can ‘keep doing what you’re doing, with … Apple genuine parts, reliable parts supply, and Apple process and training,'” Koebler writes. “This is, broadly speaking, what right to repair activists have been asking state legislators to require companies to offer for years.”

“Apple, John Deere, and the trade organizations that represent them have lobbied against this legislation all over the country over the past few years and have thus far been able to prevent any bills from becoming the law of the land,” Koebler writes. “[Kyle Wiens, CEO of iFixit and a prominent member of the right to repair movement] and [Nathan Proctor, who is leading consumer rights group US PIRG’s right to repair campaign] believe that Apple is trying to kill the legislation by telling lawmakers that it’s given the repair community what they want. ‘It’s an attempt to reduce pressure from the public for right to repair legislation,’ Wiens said. ‘They’re negotiating on their own terms.'”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: As we wrote in March 2017:

Using authorized channels is the only way to ensure you are getting genuine Apple parts and that the repair will be done to the right specifications. With so many second-hand smartphones, for example, being sold and re-sold, how are buyers to know their battery is the genuine part and that it was correctly installed? How safe are would these smartphones be to have on airplanes, for example?

Certainly, it can be dangerous to mishandle/damage lithium batteries during DYI repairs and the results can injure not just the repairer.

What if somebody’s half-assed DIY battery installation burns down an apartment building at 3am or sets fire to a plane in flight? When even Samsung can’t fix their own batteries correctly, we doubt every single Joe and Jane Sixpack would be able to manage a perfect battery installation every single time. It only takes one mistake to cause a tragedy.

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Why Apple doesn’t want you repairing your broken iPhone or iPad yourself – July 12, 2017
Apple makes iPhone screen fixes easier as U.S. states mull ‘right to repair’ laws – June 7, 2017
Apple lobbying against ‘Right to Repair’ legislation, New York State records confirm – May 18, 2017
Apple fights against ‘right to repair’ – April 20, 2017
Apple fights ‘right to repair’ proposal; warns Nebraska could become a ‘Mecca for bad actors’ – March 10, 2017
Apple fights tooth and nail against ‘right to repair’ laws – March 8, 2017
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  1. That argument doesn’t seem any less stupid now than when you wrote it in March. Computers have been repaired by third parties since there were computers. I am pretty sure we can find ways to repair Apple computers without setting the atmosphere on fire (which I assume would have been your third example of what could go wrong)

    1. Computers of the past didn’t have a significant amount of energy crammed into a small package. Lithium-ion batteries are no joke. If not handled properly, they can easily start fires. Just read some of the news about fires caused by shoddy batteries. MDN isn’t making that up.

  2. I own my MBA, iPhone, MBP, etc. I have the right to repair and modify them as I see fit. Apple and MDN do not get a vote – get over it. Apple was founded by tinkerers.

  3. That Apple is fighting the right to repair based mostly on safety issues around lithium batteries is rich. Apple could easily have left the batteries as they once were – swappable. Clearly, Apple has done more to innovate on the front of making disposable $1,000 phones and $3,000+++ computers than they have on things users are clamoring for. Considering this, in the face of Apple claiming to be leading the way in corporate green initiatives, may be a hoax even bigger than the ones trying to unseat our duly elected president. Apple is not green, it is greedy. Hmmm….. or maybe it is green; green with greed, that is. I am so disappointed with the Apple of today. I feel like we’ve all lost a best friend and business partner and are left dealing with the remaining business partner. Take it or leave it.

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