In a letter Tuesday, Apple urged members of the California legislature to pass the currently drafted “Right to Repair Act,” or Senate Bill 244, which would require manufacturers to allow customers to repair damaged devices.
The iPhone maker’s move reverses its years-long opposition to repairs because the bill requires electronics makers to provide tools to repair damaged devices.
“We support ‘SB 244’ because it includes requirements to protect the safety of individual users as well as the intellectual property of product manufacturers,” Apple said in the letter.
As early as 2021, Apple announced that it would start selling spare parts and tools to the public so they could repair some iPhones and Macs by themselves.
this Self Repair Program Over the years, under pressure from consumer groups, Apple has provided more repair manuals and genuine parts.
In 2019, Apple launched a program where independent repair shops can purchase its parts, tools and manuals. Apple had said at the time that it had 2,800 stand-alone stores in its plans, in addition to the 5,000 directly authorized repair providers.
Earlier this month, Apple forecast sales declines to continue into the current quarter, sending shares lower even as it beat Wall Street’s sales and profit targets for the fiscal third quarter.
Apple’s forecast for a likely sequential decline in fourth-quarter sales sent the company’s shares down about 2%. Profit growth was driven by strength in the services sector in the period just ended, but investors were frustrated by weaker-than-expected sales of Apple’s most famous device, the iPhone. Executives said iPhone sales would improve in the fourth quarter, but did not disclose how much.
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