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Surprise! When you force Big Tech to do the right thing, it turns out not to be such a "world-ending" event as they'd like you to believe:
theverge.com/2021/11/17/227871

" is opening up iPhones and Macs to at-home repairs. The company plans to start selling parts and tools and offering instructions on how to repair Apple products at home, without having to bring them into a store or a third-party repair shop. Apple plans to start with the iPhone 12 and 13, followed by Macs with M1 chips."

@neauoire @rysiek It is a good news, but my expectations are low. If they sell batteries 500$ and repair kits 990$ (as you know they will!) or if they only allow repairs made using official Apple branded part, it kills the purpose 😞

@narF @rysiek my guess is that this won't outlaw the current 3rd party repairs

@neauoire @narF quite the contrary, it will make it much harder for Apple to argue that 3rd party repair shops are somehow "dangerous" or whatever.

@narF @neauoire oh they absolutely will gauge people on this. But at least we're past the "only Apple can safely fix your iPhone" bullshit.

@rysiek This is great news. Hopefully, this will also give them the incentive to design for easy repair in the future.

@rysiek Idk what to think about this. Like, who'll buy parts to fix stuff at home? A fraction of their customers maybe.

And if they're giving people what they're giving to the shops, from what I learn from Louis Rossman that's not much, not really useful.

I have a feeling this is just to make people shut up and curb repairspeople's attempts to push Right to Repair.

Guess I'll wait and see what Louis has to say about this.

@cadadr absolutely. It does, however, move the conversation in a good direction, I feel!

@rysiek How to repair an iPhone:
1. Buy a new phone.
2. Throw out the old one.

#exactsteps

@rysiek glad to hear it! As a former third party Apple repairman though I can’t help but wonder how they’re going to use this “at home repair” as leverage to undermine third party repair businesses 😕. Maybe I’m too jaded

@rysiek @awildthorp I opened the article and searched for "lawsuit". 0 results.

There is literally no way this isn't a play to fuck over 3rd party repair businesses.

@rysiek @awildthorp Feels awful being this pessimistic, but I'm trying to believe this at face value and it makes me so uncomfortable it's practically uncanny.

@rysiek This feels like an important note in the article

> But Chamberlain notes that this still isn’t “the open-source repair revolution we’ve sought through our fight for the right to repair” because it appears to still support restrictions that require parts to be bought straight from Apple.

@rysiek@mastodon.technology I don't know if I want to accept this or be sceptical because it's Apple.

@rysiek It might just be a play to remove the need for Apple stores. Hell, most of them never open anymore anyway if you consider the West Coast ie Portland.

@rysiek @Gargron

I'm just worried someone will try to open up their iMac with an exposed power supply and hurt themselves...
I hope Apple never does exposed power supplies ever again now

@rysiek Still absolutely no luck on component-level repair, right?

@anymouse_404 yeah. But it is a step.

Don't get me wrong, I am praising Apple. Just saying: forcing Big Tech to do things works.

@rysiek I don't know if you came across this, but I there's a lot of interesting things about this that are worth taking into consideration.

See Twitter Thread:

twitter.com/socketwench/status

@rysiek and I realize that's prolly by @socketwench ... I thought the name sounded familiar. :D

@rysiek this is wonderful to see.

The current FTC's early actions (and Lina Khan's history, empowered by the executive order 14036) have at the very least instilled in me some small hope that the US can build effective competition policy with just enough threat of enforcement to move the needle in the near term.

Hopefully this is the first of many (at least partial) reversals of long term corporatist trends that have existed since Reagan redefined "anticompetitive," and a return to the prior decades' deterring of *ability* for market abuses, rather than waiting for the damage to occur first and expecting miniscule individual cases/settlements to move things.

@rysiek like, is it not enough? Sure. But in my book, any improvement over the miserable status quo is a step (and momentum!) in the right direction. In this case, now the focus can move to the parts market, etc.

@rysiek and yes, corporations will always comply in a manner that maximally benefits them; in some regards their officers are legally required to ensure they do that. But in spite of all this, imho I agree that it's still worth recognizing this as a step that's mostly forward for competition.

@rysiek

I would still much rather have a FairPhone than an iPhone!

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