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The “right to repair”, Apple supports the lobby that is contrary to this standard

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Published on May 19, 2017

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As you know, in the United States are discussing a new rule that could force the manufacturers to sell original spare parts to independent repairers and consumers that require it, with the obligation to share even the diagnostic manuals and a service. Apple is opposed to this legislation and is supporting officially a lobby that wants to block the approval.

Apple has already given 32.000$ at the lobby that is working to oppose this rule, in an attempt to persuade the various states to not promulgarla. With Apple, there are companies such as Caterpillar, Toyota, and Verizon. This standard is designed to ensure that producers create a sort of monopoly in the repair aftermarket of their devices, even after the end of the warranty period. Apple, for example, has never authorized, independent companies to fix the iPhone, even if hundreds of companies do this on a daily basis. Many of these companies work in a sort of limbo and are often forced to purchase the spare parts on the black market to the chinese, risking the use of counterfeit parts. In addition, the legislator is of the opinion that the shops are not authorised (and the individual private users) often use unofficial accessories (think of the lithium-ion batteries...), and this can cause serious problems, even for the safety of the users. With this rule, the unauthorized retail stores will have the right to purchase original spare parts directly from Apple.

For Apple, the security of the users and their devices, it only guarantees limiting repairs to qualified personnel and properly trained by Apple experts.

The state of Nebraska, however, might be the first to promulgate this rule. We'll see if the efforts of the lobby will take effect...

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