US President Joe Biden hailed the success of his right to repair executive order, saying companies like Apple and Microsoft are changing their policies accordingly.
POTUS took to Twitter Monday indicating:
When you own a product, you should be able to repair it yourself. This is why I included the support of the “right to repair” in my decree.
Now, companies like Apple and Microsoft are changing their policies so that users can repair their devices themselves.
It comes as the White House gave a brief update on the initiative, saying the FTC will begin to toughen its enforcement against the illegal restrictions, press secretary Jen Psaki echoed the president’s sentiments during a briefing on Monday. “Following the Executive Order’s support for the right to repair, the FTC will repair — intensify enforcement against unlawful repair restrictions,” Psaki told the media. “Since then, major companies like Apple and Microsoft have voluntarily announced changes to their policies so consumers can easily repair their own phones and laptops.”
In November 2021, Apple announced its own self-service repair program for its top iPhones, the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13, saying it would begin allowing customers who are comfortable with their repairs. own repairs to purchase genuine parts and tools for DIY appliance repairs. Apple also plans to add support for its Mac M1 line, including the MacBook Air with M1 and the 13-inch MacBook Pro with M1 soon after.
At the time, Apple COO Jeff Williams said, “Creating better access to genuine Apple parts gives our customers even more choice if a repair is needed,” noting that the company had nearly doubled its service points with access to genuine parts, tools and training in the previous three years.
Avid right-to-repair advocates iFixit hailed the move as a “major step in the journey” toward right-to-repair, but said the company would like to see Apple move to an even more open repair model.