Against “right to repair”: Apple allegedly warns of injured customers

According to a report, Apple argued that a statutory repair right could be dangerous for end users.

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Against "right to repair": Apple allegedly warns of injured customers

Apple continues to actively lobby for “right to repair” US legislation. According to a media report, an Apple employee has voiced concerns over end-user iPhone repairs at private meetings with California parliamentarians in recent weeks, which could lead to personal injury.

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Together with a lobbyist of the IT industry association CompTIA, the Apple employee presented the parliamentarians with the complex inner workings of the iPhone at the meetings. Improper repair attempts are easily pierced by the integrated lithium-ion battery and could thus lead to injury to the user, had been put forward by the lobbyists as an argument, as the magazine motherboardreports – referring to two sources from the California State Assembly, the Legislative state.

At the end of April, it was supposed to vote on the legal anchoring of a “right to repair”, but the bill was withdrawn at the last moment. He probably does not get a majority at present, after manufacturers had “sown enough” doubts, as the responsible MEP told the magazine. However, a restart is planned for early 2020.

The “Right to Repair” is to oblige manufacturers to sell original spare parts to end customers and independent suppliers as well as to publish concealed diagnostic and repair instructions. Behind it stands, among other repair.org, a trade association of independent repair shops. In addition to Apple, other representatives of the US IT industry have long criticized the relevant legislative initiatives.

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Only authorized vendors could ensure a proper iPhone repair, Apple emphasizes for a long time. With a special spare parts program, however, the company seems to be preparing for a possible introduction of right-to-repair laws in US states and other countries, as it was recently said: This could probably refer to other repairers Apple original spare parts and instructions, these are previously reserved for Apple’s own stores and authorized partners.

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