Under public pressure, supported by several candidates to the presidential candidates of the United States, demanding the unconditional and inalienable right to repair honestly purchased with their own money technology, in August 2019 the Apple authorized the repair of their own products in organizations that do not have her certificate. If you do not delve into the details, it’s just the apotheosis of openness and goodwill. Earlier it was forbidden, but still done. If you spend time and get to, with openness and good will of all becomes clear from the first lines. It’s subtle mockery. Apple just stalling – why? In hopes that its leadership?

First dot the ‘ e ‘ and squiggles over “y”: nobody in the world has no right to prohibit the owner of any product to do anything. Throw it out the window from any floor, fry in a microwave oven or put on the rails before coming nearer train. Including and try, at your own risk, without any training and the necessary skills to repair your iPhone 11 Pro or 16-inch MacBook Pro. Repair of equipment for the money that belongs to other people is quite another. And the laws on the unconditional right to repair (“Right to Repair”, or R2R) do not want to allow anyone to do it.

According to the laws of R2R, manufacturers of complex technical products required to provide all the technical documentation, without which to undertake repairs of modern technology madness, and the same instructions repair this equipment, which provide certified service centers. Until August 2019 only to the centers of the Apple was allowed to make repair of any complexity (even replacing the trackpad in the MacBook Pro). In training employees and getting them the necessary certificates had to pay for the cost of services of such centres is, of course, affected. And effect.

iPhone can be repaired anywhere

First an insoluble contradiction program IRP: independent producer of Apple repair techs to get the right to repair, have to sign a contract with Apple, and before that to pass the test. But this is only the beginning. Clients of the programme participants of the IRP in any case should not have illusions that the organization and the repairmen are licensed, so information about it should be present wherever possible – otherwise fine. Activities of official and independent repair organizations is tightly controlled. They are not allowed to use parts and elements that have not been approved by Apple, they are allowed to perform a limited set of repairs, and in all unresolved cases, they are required (independent repairers) to send the device to a certified service center, Apple retail Store or Apple itself.

Omitting many other details to focus on the requirement which I wouldn’t have to mess with this program, even if I was threatened with execution: break the contract, the program participant the IRP may, at any time. But within five years after the termination of the contract Apple employees have the right to inspect all the premises of the former independent repairer for violations of the terms of the contract.

Easier, cheaper and safer to continue illegal activity. In any case, anyone (without the permission of the court, which have yet to receive) will not have the right to search the Studio and pick up to check for documents or accessories. Or get these certificates, in the end skills and knowledge are not redundant, and certificates especially. In the case of serious violations such services easier to pull the plug, taking away licenses, so control them with less ferocity.

Where now repairing iPhone

Actually, Apple is not quite wrong. To make the most of technical devices possible, all that is “under the hood” is extremely optimized, thus for the uninitiated in the hidden mysteries of the inner world of these products in them, not because of the obsessive desire to harm one’s neighbor, but because of the notorious optimization, full of traps and “min”. Entire mine fields. Any wrong move can lead to fatal for the device effects. Even a careful reading of the documentation it is easy to lose sight of some important fact. Replace the dead battery in the MacBook Pro, of course, easier than a heart transplant – but in essence almost the same. Apple simply must demand from those who are going to repair her equipment, checked and confirmed by specialists knowledge and skills.

Unlimited access to complete technical documentation and to the rules of repair – the absolute good, I only. But too often the illusion of security due to the fact that all the documentation at hand turns to be more damaging than illiteracy and ignorance “independent repairer”. The documentation and instructions on repair, so that no one could not see them, should be a terrible warning. As well as these warnings, some wouldn’t, even if they were on every page and after every 5 rows – perhaps limiting access to such documentation is the lesser of two evils. Tested on their own experience.