Hell freezes over as Apple supports right-to-repair bill

Apple has surprised everyone by endorsing a right-to-repair bill in California, a move that is seen as a departure from its previous opposition to DIY repair efforts. The bill, SB 244, requires vendors to provide documentation, parts, and tools for repairs to customers and independent repair shops. The bill has been praised by right-to-repair activists, although some have criticized the lack of requirements for companies to sell parts and tools for devices that are no longer actively sold. Apple’s decision to support the bill comes with certain stipulations, including the absence of a requirement to disable device security features and a focus on authorized repair channels. While the move is unexpected, it is seen as a strategic decision for Apple to have a say in the right-to-repair movement that is gaining momentum.


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