Why Right to Repair is crucial
Anyone remotely interested in the Rights to Repair has heard of or met Louis Rossman.
I stopped by Louis’ in his repair shop in New York last year; it’s a nice shop extremely famous for being one of the few shops on Earth that can save your MacBook or apple product from death and restore your data while Apple will hold your data ransom to some 3000 dollars.
Louis isn’t some street repair dude; his elbow grease and sweat made him the world’s most knowledgable repair specialist of Apple devices (see his YouTube channel). He started the Rights to Repair movement against Apple to highlight Apple’s impossible feats in forcing customers to dumb a 2000 dollar machine and buy a new one just because a 5 dollar cable went bad inside it.
Apple went so insane that they encrypted various parts of the device not to be replaceable, i.e. if you swap the camera or the home button, or even the screen with another phone’s part, the device is bricked.
This is what Right to Repair was against. It has nothing to do with allowing consumers to fix their phones; it allows the customer to save their photos from a dead MacBook; it allows the customer to swap a dead display for 100 bucks instead of buying a new iPhone for 1499$.
Apple believes its devices are a rich commodity, and anyone buying them must buy AppleCare+. Otherwise, Apple needs to be sure the customer shall not have a choice but to buy a new device.
The repair kit’s most important module is the swap authentication tool that allows the device to support the replaced screen and update the firmware encryption, without which swapping anything in Apple devices will brick them.
Louis also goes into great depth explaining how MacBooks were designed with planned obsolescence, their poor engineering designs (at chipset level) failing to disperse heat correctly, or failing to isolate opposing electromagnetic flaws leading to heat were not needed, etc. if you have a problem with an Apple device that nobody could fix, Louise will repair it and save your 2000$ investment and the data, In contrast, Apple will blame you for not having iCloud and AppleCare+ and offer you a new machine, all because PPbus capacitor failed, a 0.50$ cent part.