Apple just pivoted hard into self-repair and I just fell out of my seat.
re: Apple Self Repair
@maxeddy And even better, you could opt for a bigger battery if you were willing to accept a thicker device
re: Apple Self Repair
@nobody I remember buying a bigger battery for my Nokia brick that just fit right in! No tinkering required!
Apple Self Repair
@maxeddy You can repair your device, with their permission, with their parts, and on their schedule.
This is "self repair", with none of the digital autonomy that that concept normally implies.
This is a fluff piece that belies a non-truth from Apple.
"Customers join more than 5,000 Apple Authorized Service Providers (AASPs) and 2,800 Independent Repair Providers who have access to these parts, tools, and manuals. "
The truth is that AASPs don't get access to real manuals or tools. They are only allowed to buy those things from Apple (with high markup), and much of the time the manuals just say "Send back to Apple".
This is like Microsoft Shared Source Initiative.
I'm really trying not to be snarky, but based on your position as a journalist, you should really dig into these things a bit more.
Go read or watch some of Louis Rossman's videos on Apple and what they put him through.
This announcement by Apple is a meaningless distraction meant to dupe politicians and lazy journalists in order to crush the Right to Repair movement.
iFixit has a good take - https://www.ifixit.com/News/55370/apple-diy-repair-program-parts-tools-guides-software
@emacsen Oh, I'm certain it's an attempt to get out ahead of right-to-repair legislation. If anything, I find it interesting that Apple seems to think such regulation is so likely they feel the need to get out ahead of it.
@maxeddy This is apple panicking and saying "we'll be good! We'll be good! You don't need to regulate us!"
@rgegriff Very probably. But interesting to me that they feel so certain they need to get ahead of it.
@maxeddy Yea, I knew the us admin was making moves in that direction, but I had assumed it wouldn't have much teeth behind it.
I wonder if the EU is doing something they are actually afraid of.
@maxeddy wow this is just... really surprising. Up until now I always saw apple as one of the WORST companies for right to repair, it's very interesting to see them take this approach right after they made that whole anti sideloading presentation
@maxeddy I am sorry about your seat. I hope you manage to repair it.
(What? Someone had to do that! )
As for apple, yeah no, thanks. Just as many other replies before me, I do not think this is nearly as revolutionary as they're making it out to be. It is a desperate PR move to cover up some of their recent mistakes, and the very minimum needed to get in line with potential future regulations.
Just go for Fairphone instead, if that is an option for you (if you're in the EU or can have someone from there mail it to you). They've done some non-ideal choices recently, like not including a headphone jack in FP4 so they could advertise a waterproof rating, but ... that's a drop in the bucket compared to Apple wanting to scan all images on people's devices.
@maxeddy As far as I can tell, this just means they'll sell you the proprietary tools and publish the manual.
It doesn't mean you can use standard tools or aftermarket parts, which is what "self-repair" usually entails.
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