If Apple and other tech companies have their way, it will only become harder to have our phones and other devices repaired by third-party businesses.
Smartphones and many other tech devices are increasingly being designed in ways that make it challenging to repair or replace individual components.
This might involve soldering the processor and flash memory to the motherboard, gluing components together unnecessarily, or using non-standard pentalobe screws which make replacements problematic.
Many submissions to an Australian “right to repair” inquiry have called on tech manufacturers to provide a fair and competitive market for repairs, and produce products that are easily repairable.
The right to repair refers to consumers’ ability to have their…