Europe wants to loosen Apple’s control on device repairs

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The EU wants gadgets that are easier to fix and upgrade.
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Future iPhones and MacBooks will be more robust and easier to repair if the European Commission has its way.

Parliament is pushing for gadget makers like Apple to prolong the lifespan of their products by eliminating planned obsolescence and making it easier for consumers to repair and upgrade their devices.

Yes, you can use old iPad Air parts to repair the 2017 iPad

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The new iPad is thicker than the old iPad.
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Owners of the new 2017 iPad may be able to cannibalize their old iPads to fix busted components, depending on what breaks on the new tablet.

After discovering that the new iPad is mostly just an updated original iPad Air, the repair gurus at iFixit decided to test whether old iPad parts are compatible with refreshed iPad. Surprisingly, a number of crucial parts from the iPad Air 1 and Air 2 like the digitizer, battery, rear camera and microphone all work perfectly fine.

Third-party display repairs no longer void iPhone warranties

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Apple eases up on third-party screen repairs.
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Getting your iPhone screen fixed by a third-party repairer no longer voids its warranty entirely.

An internal memo distributed among Apple employees confirms stores and authorized service providers can now accept handsets for repair following a third-party display replacement as long as the issue is not related to the screen.

Apple will make four more Macs obsolete at end of 2016

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It's time to upgrade.
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If you own a Mac that was made between 2009 to 2011 it is about to become officially obsolete.

Apple plans to no longer offer support for two MacBook Pros, a Mac mini and MacBook, according to a new report that reveals the devices are set to join the long list of vintage Apple products.