Apple customers have long complained about the $900 billion company’s draconian restrictions on repairing broken iPhones, MacBooks, and other devices. Now, consumer advocates are turning to lobbyists to pressure legislators to etch a “right to repair” into law.
Apple & iPhone Owners Spar Over the Balance Between Ownership & IP Rights
“Right to repair” laws and movements have long centered around more expensive equipment, such as cars and trucks. Nevertheless, in today’s world, computers and cell phones are every bit as vital in business.
Most anything you do on a computer under warranty, outside of an authorized repair representative, can void your warranty and make your hardware useless. The problem is that companies tend to be far too stingy in doling out the “authorized” label, even to qualified device repair specialists.
“Right to repair” advocates believe Apple limits the ability to repair an iPhone as a way to sell more phones. The iPhone is currently the most popular single line of phone in the world, particularly in the United States where it has at times held as much as 30% of the market.