California Becomes Eighteenth State to Introduce Right to Repair Bill

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California became the eighteenth state in the United States to announce the Right to Repair bill. If the legislation is passed by the state, it would end up making it compulsory for manufacturers to share repair guides for their products and sell diagnostic tools and repair parts directly to consumers. Continue reading
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California to Introduce ‘Right to Repair’ Bill Requiring Smartphone Manufacturers to Offer Repair Info and Parts

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California is preparing to join several other states with a new Right to Repair bill, which will require smartphone manufacturers to provide repair information, replacement parts, and diagnostic tools to product owners and independent repair shops.

California Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman this afternoon announced plans to introduce the new California Right to Repair Act. Eggman says the bill will provide consumers with the freedom to choose a repair shop of their choice.

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“The Right to Repair Act will provide consumers with the freedom to have their electronic products and appliances fixed by a repair shop or service provider of their choice, a practice that was taken for granted a generation ago but is now becoming increasingly rare in a world of planned obsolescence,” Eggman said.

Mark Murray, Executive Director of Californians Against Waste said smartphone manufacturers and home appliance makers are “profiting at the expense of our environment and our pocketbooks” while Kit Walsh, Senior Staff Attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said the new bill is “critical to protect independent repair shops and a competitive market for repair,” which will lead to “better service and lower prices.”

In addition to California, 17 other states have already introduced similar Right to Repair legislation, including Washington, Massachusetts, Vermont, New York, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Virginia.

Several states began introducing Right to Repair legislation early last year, and the Right to Repair movement has continued on since then, spurred by Apple’s iPhone throttling controversy.

Since last year, Apple has been lobbying against Right to Repair bills in various states, as have several other technology companies. In Nebraska, for example, Apple said approving Right to Repair would turn the state into a “mecca for bad actors” making it “easy for hackers to relocate to Nebraska.” Other arguments from tech companies and appliance manufacturers have suggested Right to Repair bills would compromise device security and safety.

Right to Repair bills are heavily endorsed by repair outlets like iFixit, independent repair shops, and consumer advocacy groups like the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

In California specifically, the Right to Repair bill is particularly interesting because as Motherboard points out, there are strong repairability laws already in place. California Civil Code Section 1793.03 states that companies must offer parts for repair for at least seven years after a product is released, which is why on Apple’s vintage and obsolete products list, it lists California as the sole state where consumers can continue to get repairs on vintage products.

Apple currently requires customers who have Apple products in need of repair to visit an Apple retail store, mail a product to an Apple repair facility, or visit an Apple Authorized Service Provider to receive support for their devices. Repairs from third-party repair shops that are not Apple Authorized Service Providers can void a device’s warranty.

Apple’s current flagship iPhone, the iPhone X, earned a repairability score of 6 from repair site iFixit. Repairs on the device require a special Apple-specific screw driver, delicate cables are often in the way and are difficult to replace, and Apple’s waterproofing makes repairs complicated. Other Apple products, like MacBooks, have much lower repairability scores.

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Report: Apple to introduce a refreshed iPad Pro with Face ID later this year

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According to a new research report from Rosenblatt analyst Jun Zhang (via Barron’s), Apple’s next-gen iPad Pro — much like the iPhone X — will do away with the home button and will instead rely upon facial recognition for authentication purposes. Hardly a surprise, Apple tends to prefer design consistency across the flagship devices in its product lineup. Moreover, some recently unearthed code in the first iOS 11.3 beta contained subtle clues pointing towards a revamped iPad Pro featuring Apple’s TrueDepth camera system.

As to when Zhang believes a next-gen iPad Pro might see the light of day, he writes that it will likely be available sometime before the end of the June quarter. This timeline of course makes sense given that Apple in June of last year announced a brand new 10.5-inch iPad Pro at WWDC.

For the June quarter, Zhang estimates that iPad production will fall somewhere in the 16-18 million range, of which 6-8 million of those units will likely be iPad Pro models featuring Face ID.

Incidentally, one notable feature the iPad Pro will likely not borrow from the iPhone X is an OLED display, which is to say the device will feature an LCD display. As to why, we’ve seen reports suggesting that there are economic and technical limitations which currently limit Samsung’s ability to manufacture larger OLED panels for iPad-style devices at scale.

Incidentally, Zhang echoes a report we saw earlier in the claiming that Apple later this year will introduce a smaller and more affordable HomePod.

Lastly, Zhang claims that iPhone X sales have been slower than Apple anticipated. Hardly a new take on the matter, a recent survey conducted by Piper Jaffray found that many current Phone owners haven’t upgraded to the iPhone X yet because it’s simply too expensive.

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California to introduce ‘right to repair’ bill, joins 17 other states in consumer initiative

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California on Wednesday became the latest state to ready so-called "right to repair" legislation that would require companies like Apple to provide consumers and third-party repair outlets access to repair information, diagnostic equipment and parts.
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If you’re still rocking an old PC or a first generation Apple TV, heads up: in May, you’ll no longer be able to access the iTunes Store.

According to a support document recently published by Apple, the company will soon be introducing security changes that will prevent Windows XP or Vista PCs and first generation Apple TVs from using the iTunes Store. The changes will be implemented starting May 25, so if you’re still using PCs running those operating systems or you’ve been holding onto your old Apple TV until you’ve gotten all the use out of it you can, now may be the time to upgrade if you want to continue using the latest version of iTunes.

The reason for the upgrade is essentially to cycle out tech considered to be out of date. Windows XP and Vista are no longer supported by Microsoft at all, and Apple TV (1st generation) is considered to be an “obsolete” device by Apple itself (meaning it will not be updated to support iTunes — or any other — security or software changes).

If you absolutely have to hang on to your old PC for the time being, you can still continue to use previous versions of iTunes on both Windows XP and Vista without support or further updates from Apple. That being said, you won’t be able to make any new purchases from the iTunes Store (so no more new movies, albums or TV shows), nor will you be able to re-download previous purchases from other devices on that particular computer. Once May 25 rolls around, you’ll need to use at least Windows 7 in order to access the latest version of iTunes or purchase any new content from the iTunes Store. The same goes for Apple TV — after May 25, only second generation Apple TVs or later will be able to run iTunes.

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