Look around your house and survey your belongings; from gadgets to appliances, from furniture and clothing to whatever gets parked in the garage. How much of what you see around the home consist of items you would be happy to repair yourself?
A quick survey of the Farrington Farm tells me I’m comfortable with cleaning the dryer’s lint filter. I can add windshield washer fluid to the car (had to check in the car’s manual first). A few years ago I installed a new garbage disposal. Oh, and I clean room fans and air conditioner filters.
We live in a different era. What do we 21st century members of the human race do when the television goes wonky or the Mac won’t turn on or the iPad gets dropped and stays dark?
Do we repair it ourselves? Nope.
That’s exactly when we call in the experts. Yet, I fully support the so-called Right To Repair legislation wherever it raises to the level of politicians who can be bought. Apple just bought out a number of politicians in California to table Right To Repair legislation.
Apple, along with lobbyists from tech trade organization CompTIA, reportedly told legislators that owners trying to fix their own iPhones could hurt themselves in the process if they damaged the lithium-ion battery.
How stupid is that?
First, even if I had the Right To Repair my iPhone and could find both tools and parts to do the job, I wouldn’t do it. And, if I did, it’s unlikely I would poke a hole through the lithium-ion battery with a screwdriver.
Right To Repair may not be what everyone thinks it is. Especially those who govern voters.
The right to repair electronics refers to government legislation that is intended to allow consumers the ability to repair and modify their own consumer electronic devices, where otherwise the manufacturer of such devices require the consumer to use only their offered services or void the product’s warranty.
In simpler terms, I want the Right To Repair– and it should be made available, along with tools, manuals, and parts, to certified repair shops– even if I have no plan to repair anything.
If Apple is concerned about the safety of owners, especially those who want to go on the adventure of fixing their device, then surely a right to repair bill that would give owners access to service literature, equipment, and parts would make things safer.
Why doesn’t Apple or other gadget makers want a Right To Repair law?
First, Apple makes more money if you buy new rather than repair. Second, Apple makes more money if you buy AppleCare to insure your gadget for a period of time. Third, Apple needs more money to pay Genius Bar geniuses. Finally, Apple wants to make more money by not going to the expense of making repair parts and manuals.
Apple’s position on this is nonsense but it makes good financial sense. For Apple.