Amid pressure from regulators and customers around the world for manufacturers to tighten restrictions on repair products, Apple plans to give customers the ability to repair their devices.
The company on Wednesday announced a new system that will make spare parts for our Apple products to buy early next year. The program, known as Personal Service Repair, will allow users to repair broken devices using repair procedures that Apple will post on its website.
Apple (AAPL) plans to start with some components that tend to need replacement such as displays, batteries and camera modules. The company said it will have more than 200 features and tools in the launch and ideas for more to be rolled out next year. The repair program will initially only be available for iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 users, but will later expand to Mac computers that use the M1 chip inside Apple’s new home.
Apple’s move comes as electronics manufacturers – and those who do everything from tractors to hospital appliances – face increasing pressure to ease restrictions on independent hardware repair shops or DIY renovations, pushing it is known as the “right to reform” movement. Companies have criticized the use of procedures that allow it to allow repair shops to access devices, such as the use of non-removable memory or batteries, or holding devices with special glue. Critics argue these measures could lead to more costs for consumers, harm independent repair shops and be bad for the community.
President Joe Biden passed an executive order in July directing the Federal Trade Commission to issue legislation requiring companies to allow DIY renovations. Days later, the FTC unanimously voted to lift existing reform restrictions by manufacturers, with the agency’s chairman, Lina Khan, testifying to “establish” illegal reform restrictions that could lead to opposition to US and security laws. user.
Manufacturers in the United Kingdom and Europe have already passed or are planning legislation to force manufacturers to provide their customers with spare parts.