Apple wants iPhone users to shun third-party battery replacements

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You'll need to get your iPhone battery replacement carried out by one of Apple's chosen repairers.
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Apple has long been trying to push users to shun third-party repairers and go through Apple for device repairs. Now it’s activated a previously dormant software lock on iPhone to try and crack down on battery replacements by third-party repairers.

That’s even the case if they’re replacing your battery with an official Apple battery.

Lobbyists for Apple help shoot down another Right to Repair bill

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This bill was proposed for Ontario, Canada.
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Tech lobbyists, backed by companies including Apple, have killed another Right to Repair bill, this time in Ontario.

The bill, put forward by Liberal MPP Michael Coteau, would have compelled companies to provide businesses and consumers with spare parts and repair manuals. It failed in its vote on Thursday after lobbying efforts.

Apple lobbyist helps push back Right to Repair vote in California

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Laws will be pushed back to 2020 at least.
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Right to Repair legislation in Apple’s home state of California has been successfully pushed back to at least January 2020. After intervention by an Apple lobbyist, the co-sponsor of the bill pulled it from committee on Tuesday.

“While this was not an easy decision, it became clear that the bill would not have the support it needed today, and manufacturers had sown enough doubt with vague and unbacked claims of privacy and security concerns,” said California Assembly member Susan Talamantes Eggman.

People could hurt themselves fixing their own iPhones, lobbyists warn

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Apple doesn't want you opening up your devices.
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An Apple representative reportedly met with California legislators in an effort to kill a law that would make it easier for people to repair their own smartphones.

With initiatives like its battery replacement program, Apple helped extend the life of million of iPhones. But moves like this won’t please “right to repair” advocates.

Apple may be softening its stance on repair laws

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Apple has been publicly opposed to a rapidly growing movement known as “Right to Repair”

But internally, the tech giant is slowly loosening its grip on parts for repair as 20 states consider legislation that would make it easier for consumers to repair their electronic devices, such as iPhones and MacBook computers.

An insurance giant is now ‘right to repair’ movement’s big weapon

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iCracked repairs broken iPhone screens by sending technicians to the customer.
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Insurance giant Allstate has purchased third-party smartphone repair company iCracked, giving the Right to Repair movement much-needed lobbying muscle.

Already, the insurance company has assigned a lobbyist to proposed legislation underway in New Hampshire, one of 15 states considering Right to Repair bills opposed by tech companies, including Apple.

Apple confirms T2 chip will block certain third-party repairs

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The Apple T2 chip could be the source of mysterious crashes afflicting two of Apple's newest computers.
The T2 chip is great. Unless you want to use a third party repairer.
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Apple has confirmed that certain repairs for its new Macs, sporting the T2 chip, can only be carried out by officially sanctioned Apple repair shops.

That’s because it contains software locks which brick the computers if they’re not operated on by someone not using Apple’s proprietary diagnostic software, called the AST 2 System Configuration. iFixit CEO Kyle Wiens describes this as a “guillotine that [Apple is] holding over” product owners — and potentially third party, unauthorized repairers, too.

‘Right to Repair’ bill could be coming to Apple’s home state

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Lawmaker Susan Talamantes Eggman wants to bring 'Right to Repair' to California.
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Apple’s home state of California could embrace the “Right to Repair” act if a new bill introduced by lawmaker Susan Talamantes Eggman is passed.

California is the 18th state in the U.S. to look into the possibility of making electronic devices easier to repair. The Right to Repair act would compel tech companies to release repair guides and make official parts available to any customers or third-party repair shops who want them. Doing so could have multiple benefits, such as reducing the amount of e-waste produced every year.

iPhone slowdown controversy might boost ‘Right to Repair’ bills

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Apple's opposed 'Right to Repair' in the past.
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Apple’s ongoing PR nightmare concerning the iPhone slowdown case could turn out to be a boon for “Right to Repair” advocates, backing bills that will force companies to supply the necessary parts to repair older devices.

Specifically, it would mean Apple offering customers more options by giving third-party repair shops the legal right to buy official spare parts, and access service manuals. The result could help bring down the cost of repairs for iPhones.

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.