Apple is screwing you by making third-party repairs hard and expensive

If Apple and other tech companies have their way, only our phones and other devices will be difficult to repair third party Occupations.

Smartphones and many other technological devices are being designed in ways that make it challenging to repair or replace individual components.

This may involve soldering the processor and flash memory to the motherboard, unnecessarily bundling the components together, or using non-standard Pentalobe Screws Which make substitution problematic.

Multiple submissions for an Australian “repair right” the inspection Technology manufacturers have been called upon to provide a fair and competitive market for repairs, and produce easily repairable products.

Repair right Refers to the ability of consumers to have their products repaired at a competitive price. This includes being able to choose a repairer rather than being forced by default to use the services of the device manufacturer.

But it seems that Apple does not want its customers to fix their Iphone or Macbook Themselves. The company has Lobbied against Has the right of repair in the United States and Has been accused of intentionally slowing down IPhones with old batteries.

against Tech companies are expected to be against the right to repair. Consumers using their service centers increase their revenue and increase their market dominance.

In its defense, Apple has stated Third party repairer May use lower quality parts and make devices vulnerable to hackers.

Also defended it Battery warning signal As a “security” feature in which it starts alerting users if their phone’s replacement battery is not from a certified Apple repairman.

In the US, Apple Independent repair provider program Some providers have access to the parts and resources needed to fix its equipment. Repair shops in India 32 countries Can apply now, but the plan has not yet expanded beyond the US.

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Impact on users

With iPhone 12 – latest iPhone offer – Apple’s Made it even harder For third-party repairers to fix the device, increasing users’ reliance on their services.

Apple has increased this Repair fee More than 40% for the iPhone 12 compared to the iPhone 11, this is Charge Over A $ 359 to fix the iPhone 12 screen out of warranty and A $ 109 to replace the battery.

Historically, third-party repairers have been a cheaper option. But using a third-party repairer for the iPhone 12 can present some phone features such as a camera. Almost idle.

According to reports, it is necessary to fix the iPhone 12 camera Apple ownership The System Configuration App is available only to the company’s own authorized technicians.

It’s not just Apple. Of samsung Flagship phones are also quite difficult to fix for third party repairers.

Environmental impact

When some parts are not available for repair, manufacturers will produce new phones instead of consumption. More energy and resources. In fact, building a smartphone The consumption Just as much energy as using it for ten years.

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