a An apple It plans to give its users the ability to repair their own devices amid increasing pressure from regulators and consumers around the world for manufacturers to loosen restrictions on product repair.
The company announced, on Wednesday (17), a new program that allows parts for Apple products to be purchased at the beginning of next year.
The program, known as self-service repair, will allow users to repair broken devices using repair guides that Apple will publish on its website.
Apple plans to start with some components that require replacement, such as screens, batteries, and camera modules. The company says it will have more than 200 parts and tools at launch and plans to add more next year.
Initially, the repair software will only be available to users Iphone 12 and iPhone 13, but will later be expanded to Mac computers that use Apple’s new internal M1 chip.
The company won’t reveal prices for its parts until the program is officially launched next year, but Apple said it will charge individual users the same prices it currently charges independent repair providers.
Apple’s decision comes as electronics makers – as well as makers of everything from tractors to hospital equipment – face mounting pressure to loosen restrictions on stand-alone appliance repair shops or DIY repairs, a move known as the “right to repair” or “do-it-yourself” movement. “.
The companies have been criticized for using tactics that make it difficult for independent repair companies to access devices, such as using memories or non-removable batteries, or sealing devices with special glue.
Critics argue that these methods can cost consumers more, harm independent auto repair shops, and harm the environment.
President Joe Biden issued an executive order in July instructing the Federal Trade Commission (the equivalent of CED in Brazil) to issue rules requiring companies to allow DIY repairs.
Days later, the Federal Trade Commission voted unanimously to condemn existing reform restrictions by manufacturers, with agency chief Lina Khan pledging to “eliminate” illegal reform restrictions that may violate US consumer protection and antitrust laws.
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