What you need to know
- iFixit has hailed the 'huge' changes Apple has announced to self-servicing devices.
- It says it is a "remarkable concession to our collective competency".
- However, the company wants Apple to go further.
iFixit has hailed the 'huge changes' Apple has announced to Self Service repairs on devices like its best iPhones, the iPhone 12 and 13, but says there is more to be done.
In a statement to iMore iFixit said:
In a press release iFixit stated:
iFixit says the news is "huge for everyone" but that iFixit is especially excited that "Apple is finally acknowledging that lots of us have the technical know-how to fix our own stuff." It also says the move highlights how wrong some arguments against self-repair were:
However, iFixit says the move "isn't the open-source repair revolution we've sought through our fight for the right to repair" and that Apple is using its "infamously restrictive Independent Repair Provider (IRP) program" as a base model, which still has restrictions like serial scanning and allowing parts to move from one device to another.
The company claims "Apple is also not setting profits aside to fix more devices" and that "there's a financial incentive built into both IRP and this self-service repair program to leave the fixing to Apple." Apple has denied this previously by stating that it has never made a profit on its Genius Bar repair service in stores. The release continues:
iFixit also claimed that there was nothing to stop Apple "knocking a year or 4 off that commitment" to provide parts for up to 5-7 years of devices, a totally unfounded claim.
The release closes:
Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.
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It's obviously wrong (inaccurate), to say that iFixit's claim that there is nothing to stop Apple knocking a year or 4 off the commitment to provide parts for up to 5-7 years of devices, is "totally unfounded." In fact, it's a rather flat statment that can't be disproven. So to imply that it's somehow factually wrong (as this article seems to do) is to go much too far. The tech industry is full of examples of exactly that kind of thing happening over and over. A companies "commitment" to one thing or another can change overnight and often does. Apple has a long history of such things itself.
Who's gonna keep iFixit honest?
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