Apple’s Engineering Choices and Repairability

Ian Betteridge:

Apple doesn’t have to create modular phones that are incredibly easy to repair, although it would be fantastic if it applied its undoubted engineering prowess to doing so. There are a lot of things it could do which aren’t as radical as that. Apple could publish its calibration processes, which would make third party repair easier. It could publish the schematics for its devices, as for example Fairphone do (but other phone makers don’t). It chooses not to do these things. Everything about Apple’s behaviour here is a choice, one that it could and should change.

I think this is entirely right. We do not know why Apple has made individual engineering decisions, some of which impact repairability, but it should not affect how the company could choose to respond. It is the right choice for the planet and, increasingly, Apple itself.