While it may have supported a weaker right-to-repair bill in California, Apple is now lobbying against a stronger bill out of Oregon.
Right to repair
New York was the first US state to pass a Right to Repair bill, which is now law, but it's so weak and watered down, it is effectively worthless for consumers.
Repair outfit iFixit and the Public Interest Research Group have asked the FTC to introduce new Right to Repair rules that could make it easier for device owners to fix broken hardware themselves.
The New York Times says that iPhone include code to identify when repair components are bought from Apple — and to intentionally fail if alternatives are used.
The White House and Apple have both said that iPhone, Mac, and iPad repair part availability and documentation will widen, but as of yet, there are few details beyond what Apple already does.
The right to repair bill SB 244 has been signed into law, which Apple has previously stated support for due to already complying with its requirements.
A tool has been created to help independent repair outfits fix a common issue with the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air, one that would normally be fixed by Apple because of software elements.
As California's SB 244 right-to-repair bill is routed through the capitol, Apple has voiced its support in a surprise move from the company.
A law is approaching in the European Union that requires user-replaceable batteries — and one Apple exec is clear that it doesn't mean that a battery replacement door is coming to the iPhone.