Apple adds repairability scores to iPhone and Mac in France
What you need to know
- Apple now lists the iPhone and Mac in France with repairability scores.
- That's in order to comply with a new law in the country.
Apple has added repairability scores to listings for the iPhone 12, M1 MacBook and other products in a bid to comply with new laws in France.
Apple has also listed the repairability of its Macs, including the 16-inch MacBook Pro, M1 MacBook Air, and M1 MacBook Pro.
As the report notes, companies must set their own ratings using criteria set out by the Ministry of Ecological Transition. The new laws in the country came into effect from January 1, but seem to have had some grace period as Apple has only just pushed out its scores to comply. The rules cover smartphones and laptops, as well as lawnmowers, vacuum cleaners, and washing machines. Repairability is based on available documentation, how easy a device is to disassemble, the availability and delivery time of spare parts, the price of spare parts, and available software updates.
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6 out of 10 is too high, especially when Apple killed off 3rd party repair with the iPhone 12's. You have to take your iPhone 12 into an Apple store, or a certified Apple repair shop. Just look on YouTube in regards to the iPhone 12 and repair. Even if that shop is certified you just can't use an older camera from another iPhone, even if it's another iPhone 12 that was used for parts. Why? Because Apple checks the serial numbers of each part on boot up, and if the serial number of that part is not the one that was originally placed in that iPhone 12, then it won't be able to use that camera. The same holds true for the screen, battery, and a number of other components in the iPhone 12's. So repairability is a lot lower than 6. It should be 4, or even less.