By Vincent Esquivel
Different companies have been blocking customers' ability to repair their own devices. Of course, this has been something that has been going on for decades. We've all seen that Void Warranty sticker that can tear if the device is taken apart.
Now, Apple has taken this step by preventing the latest iPhone from using a new or used home button. Of course, this is on purpose. It prevents you or a third party repair shop from fixing it. But, if you take it to an Apple Store, they'll gladly replace with no problem. They claim it deals with user security. That's up for debate. And, you're lucky if you have an Apple Store down the street. No inconvenience for you.
However, I live in Corpus Christi, Texas. The closest Apple Store is in the San Antonio area. Which is about a 4 hour drive round trip. A total nightmare for someone that needs their phone fixed immediately. That's if you can get an appointment within the same day.
The Right to Repair is near and dear to my heart. Not only because I make a living off of it, but because I believe in empowering people through technology. People should know how to repair their own possessions. I might be a computer tech, but I've repair my vehicles and my lawnmower a number of times. Saving me hundreds of dollars through the years. Have there been vehicle repairs I couldn't do? Yes. That's where hiring a technician comes in and saves the day and myself from a big headache.
Not only is repairing your own devices good for your wallet, it's also good for the planet. Repairing is Recycling. Some people are in too much of a habit to throw away things that can easily be repaired. It's enough that companies will sooner or later break your phone or laptop by making it obsolete for the latest software update. When it comes to that point do recycle your devices properly.
So, as far as companies preventing users from repairing their own devices, this is a trend I would like to see go away. I believe in the Right to Repair for all people. Stay informed and connect with me online.
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