July 25, 2021

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak: ‘It’s time to recognize the right to repair’

Apple (AAPL) Co-founder Steve Wozniak, better known in the tech world by his nickname, talked about the issue when he recently appeared on Cameo, a website that allows fans to pay celebrities for video messages.
A Mail To Louis Roseman, Wozniak, a YouTube personality and repair lawyer, said he “fully supports” the cause – which gives consumers the right and information to fix their devices – and is somewhat “emotionally” vulnerable.
“I do a lot of cameos, but I really like it,” he said in nine minutes Video. “We would not have Apple if I had not grown up in a very open technology world.”
The right to adjust the movement has recently reached the land. In the United Kingdom, new measures have been taken Introduced Manufacturers of televisions, washing machines and refrigerators must supply spare parts to consumers.
In the United States, at least 27 states Planning a law on the topic this year, U.S. An alliance of state-based public interest research groups, according to the PIRG.

The White House is also weighing in, with Secretary of State Jen Psaki noting this week that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is considering granting farmers “the right to adjust their own equipment.”

Wozniak, for his part, learned how to build and modify his own devices from an early age, including a home radio license at the age of 10.

“Then, when you bought electronics like TVs and radios, every bit of circuitry and design was included in the paper. Total open source,” he said.

“If you know what you’re doing … you can fix a lot of things at low cost. But it’s still worth it to know you did it yourself.”

Wozniacki, who Co-installed Apple With Steve Jobs 45 years ago, he said helping others recover their devices also has business value. He pointed to the success of the Apple II system, saying it was “adaptable and maximally extendable” and “the only source of profit” for Apple in its early years.

“It wasn’t … successful in pure luck,” he said. “There were a lot of good things about being open enough for everyone to join the party.”

Wozniak’s comments have been that Apple – he company He left as an active employee in 1985 – Its customers have long faced criticism over policies that restrict where their iPhones and other electronics can be repaired without compromising their warranties.
The company only allowed its authorized service providers to obtain genuine Apple parts and other products needed to make repairs. It turned out In 2019, It was officially recognized when the company expanded the number of repair businesses.

But “I believe companies [still] It prevents that because it is the power of companies, it controls everything, “Wozniak said.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

“It’s time to start doing the right thing,” Wozniak said in a statement. “It’s time to recognize the right to a more complete adjustment.”

– Haley Burton contributed to this report.