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  • Bribery case against Apple security chief Thomas Moyer dismissed

    Does anyone else find it surprising that the “executive protection team” members didn’t already have CCW’s individually before being hired, by virtue of being a trained security person? 
  • FTC concludes manufacturer repair restrictions harm consumers

    GRKostur said:
    I am glad that my equipment is repaired by factory trained technicians using factory approved parts. One of my friends had a third party technician replace his iPhone 6 OEM battery with an after market battery and now he has no end of problems now with the iPhone. Apple won’t fix it and I don’t blame them, they are not responsible for someone else playing amateur repair tech. 
    Your choice. Your friend was unlucky. There probably was nothing for Apple to “fix”. Most likely needed another new battery, which Apple should have put in for $60. Apple actually charges a reasonable price now for replacement batteries, if you want it done by them. As a “amateur repair tech”, I’ve replaced several past warranty broken screens and batteries for myself and friends that worked fine, saving many hundreds of dollars over an Apple repair, or new iPhones. Thanks to ifixit, many iPhone and MacBook the repairs are doable. If you have a product failure under warranty, by all means get Apple to fix it. Of course Apple can refuse to “fix” any damage done by a repair shop either before or after the warranty. No one would expect otherwise. Let us have the choice: Do I put a new battery in myself for $20-30, or buy a new $800-1,200 iPhone. Hmmm. Not a hard choice. 
  • FTC concludes manufacturer repair restrictions harm consumers

    I’m really surprised at the Anti-right to repair comments I see here (& related article on A.I.)  No one is forcing you to use an independent repair shop, or buy a used product that might have been repaired by the same.  Just watch a few videos by Louis Rossmann, where he explains the nuances of this issue in detail, with many examples. Laws can be written that protect manufacturers patents and trade secrets, but also allow repairs to take place, saving consumers money, and reducing E-waste. Although the FTC mentions manufacturing choices that make repair or upgrades more difficult (but not impossible, like glued cases & batteries, or soldered on RAM or SSD’s etc), the odds of them forcing Apple, etc. to make them easily swappable again is extremely unlikely. (Apple can cite faster IO speeds - as with M1 chips -  or fewer connection failures for those decisions.) There are many other areas of low hanging fruit, like equal access to OEM quality parts, circuit board schematics (as often included with your furnace or clothes washer), etc. that don’t threaten manufacturers’ legitimate concerns. I get not liking the government to force businesses to do things against their bottom line interests, but remember big corporations are not necessarily your friend either. Are you so anti-government that you don’t see the need for any regulations?
  • A 24-inch 4K monitor & Mac mini is a good option versus the Apple Silicon iMac

    Love my white 27" LG 4K monitor with thin black borders, and adjustable Ht. (no USB-C; ~$350 over 3 years ago) and would have a very hard time going back down to 24". Have it hooked up to my Late 2013 15" MacBook. I think the new iMacs look cool but would probably only tolerate silver or the blue (need to see in person). M1 MacMini will probably be my choice when upgrading. 
  • Advocate seeks $6 million to fund 'right to repair' action group

    lkrupp said:
    Get ready for big, thick phones with standard phillips screws all over the place, plastic clips with no glue allowed. Replaceable batteries that go flying all over the pace when the phone gets dropped, like they used to. Get ready for do-it-yourselfers to destroy their devices after opening them up and then expect Apple to replace it free. These would be the perfect devices that iFixit would design.
    That’s ridiculous. “Right to repair” doesn’t mean easy to repair. Although I’ve often bemoaned some of Apple’s design decisions which make repair or upgrade more difficult (if not impossible for a typical user, such as soldered RAM and SSD’s), designs don’t have to be “dumbed down”  for repair shops to be able to fix devices when they are out of warranty/voided warranty. They just need access to OEM or equivalent parts, and in some industries access to repair manuals & circuit board schematics that make repairs easier. DIY’ers, such as myself many times, have been fixing (or upgrading) their Apple devices for decades. (For a recent example, for $15 I replaced a faulty hard drive SATA cable in a friend’s 2012 MacBook, which wouldn’t finish booting up. Apple quoted them ~$600 to replace the Main Logic Board, since they rarely if ever do “component level repairs”, & which was their incorrect diagnosis of what was needed.) One particular issue now is that Apple (etc.) is making that more difficult due to exclusive contracts with repair parts suppliers, so businesses like Louis Rossmann‘s can’t get parts for out of warranty (or voided warranty) repairs. Louis often compares the situation with the auto industry. The likelihood of DIY’ers “destroying their devices after opening them up”, as you stated, is less so if they have easy access to repair manuals, OEM-equivalent parts, and schematics, not more so. (BTW, thank you iFixit for your extremely helpful repair guides.)