California intros Right to Repair act, clashing with Apple's iPhone fixing monopoly



Say what you will about trends, but when they get to California, and the Silicon Valley in particular, the stakes usually get sky high, and the fresh electronics repair legislation proposal is no different. Introduced by Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman, D-Stockton, the California Right to Repair Act seeks to mandate Apple and other gadget makers, to make their repair manuals and guidelines available to everyone - from users, to small independent repair shops.


While that last part may sound a bit Luddite, the proposal makes California the 18th state where such laws are considered. Apple, IBM, Cisco and other tech giants have been fighting tooth and nail against their passage, though, as, they argue, they want to control the repair process to ensure safety and environmental compliance. 

The Right to Repair Act proponents say that in the last two decades, manufacturers have monopolized repairs by withholding manuals, and introducing custom parts, down to the pentalobe screws that Apple uses in its iPhones. It's going to be an uphill legal fight, so get your popcorn ready, Californians!

source: Motherboard

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8 Comments

1. tangbunna

Posts: 480; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

waste vs money. Apple is greedy.

2. jojon

Posts: 433; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

..a wonderful phone it may be, but i could never bring myself to buy one and support that greedy sly Apple octopus.

3. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 688; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

Apple is greedy but only Google is the Octopus.

5. SmartPhoneMobiles

Posts: 187; Member since: Oct 16, 2016

Running by Apple :)

6. ShadowUnleashed

Posts: 87; Member since: Feb 08, 2018

Eggman? XD

7. k9luvr

Posts: 122; Member since: Oct 17, 2016

Hope this passes. Hope they require parts availability to the public.

8. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I also want public schematics of the public POSes or seifs so that I can auction to repair them when they break; well, the thieves could find it easier to hack them, but I want my right to repair! I also want to repair the encryption system of Whatsapp so I would like to get all the encryption keys; I want to repair my Windows 10 OS, so I want the source code of its kernel. Why stop at mobile phones?

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