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Today in Repair


July 6, 2022
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Macs are getting fewer updates than they used to. Here’s why it’s a problem

Using data from Apple's website and EveryMac.com, Ars Technica pulled together information on more than two decades of Mac releases—almost everything Apple has released between the original iMac in late 1998 and the last Intel Macs in 2020.

Measuring support from the time each Mac was discontinued shows us a trend line with the same basic shape as before: a sustained drop during the transition to Intel and a sustained increase once Intel Macs were well-established—but with a more pronounced decrease in support for Intel Macs released in and after 2014. Sometimes, Apple will keep older hardware around as entry-level models after introducing a significant hardware redesign, like it did with 2012's non-Retina MacBook Pros, 2015's Intel MacBook Air, or (most recently) 2020's M1 MacBook Air. Buying those Macs can save you some money in the short term, but you need to weigh the savings against the likelihood that you could stop getting macOS updates a year or two earlier than if you bought brand-new, just-launched hardware. (Ars Technica)

Even experienced technicians find Apple’s repair problem is hard to navigate

Self-repair is one of the cornerstones of the right-to-repair movement. The idea is simple. If I own a product, I should be able to repair it. Apple has been one of the movement's staunchest opponents, but the tech giant faced increasing pressure in the last year. Last July, President Biden signed an executive order directing the Federal Trade Commission to crack down on companies that restrict repair. More than 25 states have introduced right-to-repair bills. Nathan Proctor leads the right-to-repair campaign for U.S. PIRG, a nonprofit advocacy group. Proctor says Apple's current repair system pushes consumers to buy new phones over small, fixable issues. (npr.org)

What eBay’s certification partnership means for resellers

One of the world’s biggest e-commerce channels, eBay, has launched a program allowing refurbishers to sell Phonecheck-certified devices through the platform. One expert explained what the development means for remarketers.

Last month, eBay announced a partnership with Los Angeles-based mobile device certification provider Phonecheck, which uses advanced software to evaluate and pull device history data for a device – essentially a Carfax for refurbished electronics. (resource-recycling.com)

Australian ‘right to repair’ law guarantees data access to repairers, not part makers

Independent repairers in Australia now have access to all OEM information needed to diagnose, service, and repair vehicles under legislation meant to “establish a fair playing field” in the industry.

Under the Motor Vehicle Information Scheme (MVIS), which took effect July 1, OEMs are required to make service and repair information available to independent shops at a price that does not exceed fair market value. (repairerdrivennews.com)

Former Harley Davidson partner Vance and Hines weighs in on FTC order

The FTC’s decision was a strong message to Harley-Davidson, and it’s hard to imagine that several aftermarket companies were not pleased at this, particularly Vance & Hines, whose HD-oriented products are also popular with non-race customers.  According to multiple powersports news sources, including Powersports Business, Mike Kennedy, V&H’s CEO, issued a statement after the FTC’s finding saying:

“This action taken by the FTC is a huge win for motorcycle riders. While we still need to see how this plays out, we anticipate that riders will have more choices in how they repair and update their motorcycles during the warranty period, which is clearly a big deal for companies in the motorcycle aftermarket, too. I hope that the ‘it will void your warranty’ threat for someone who just wants a better sounding or smoother running Harley is a thing of the past.”

(advrider.com)

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