36 kg repair kit

Back in November, Apple told the world it would offer a repair kit and parts for their phone to DIY.

Sean Hollister at The Verge tells us Apple shipped me a 79-pound iPhone repair kit to fix a 1.1-ounce battery:

The more I think about it, the more I realize Apple’s Self-Service Repair program is the perfect way to make it look like the company supports right-to-repair policies without actually encouraging them at all. Apple can say it’s giving consumers access to everything, even the same tools its technicians use, while scaring them away with high prices, complexity, and the risk of losing a $1,200 deposit. This way, Apple gets credit for walking you through an 80-page repair, instead of building phones where — say — you don’t need to remove the phone’s most delicate components and two different types of security screws just to replace a battery.

That’s a 36 kg repair kit for a 32 g battery, when spoken in metric. Feels like the 2,000 lbs gorilla to me.

And it really looks like we are being trolled, between the cost breakdown, the overkill setup and the lengthy process just because Apple designs in California, to extort more money.

About the DYI, lot of the Apple stans have been pointing out that regular users don’t have the skills to do it, and while this might be true (because if the deliberate anti-repair design). In the past Apple sued third-party repair shops for procuring unauthorized parts, and ultimately won, so if the users can get the parts, then the shop around the corner can.

It should be noted that Apple got sued and settled for replacing AppleCare covered devices with refurbished one when repairs were needed.

There is plenty to write about the topic of right to repair. Apple pretends to be environentaly friendly while they spend millions to fight any kind of legislation that would force them to make device more repairable. They make their computers hard to disassemble by using proprietary screws and gluing batteries. iPhone and iPad are nearly impossible to repair.

For them, being environtmentally friendly is shredding working devices to recycle a fraction of their base material, and not repairing what can be repaired.