Apple repair prices could fall if a new FTC ruling forces manufacturers to restrict exclusive repairs

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(Photo: Screenshot from the official Pexels website) Apple repair prices could fall if a new FTC ruling urges manufacturers to restrict exclusive repairs

Apple repair prices could fall if a new FTC decision forced manufacturers to limit their customers to exclusive repairs. Some cell phone companies only allow their users to do repairs themselves. A new FTC ruling could change everything.

US government to smartphone maker

CNN reports that if the US government presses manufacturers, the designs of future smartphones could make repair easier and cheaper. Smartphone manufacturers like Apple have received a lot of criticism because they have made it more difficult to repair the iPhone through an independent repair shop by restricting the shops’ access to internal components.

Apple, along with other companies, uses specialty adhesives, other non-removable batteries, and memory. These components were allegedly designed to be repairable. However, the President of the United States advises that the FTC, or Federal Trade Commission, should put in place rules preventing manufacturers from stopping independent repair shops as well as those seeking independent repairs.

FCC promises to remove restrictions

Just a week after the comments were made, the FCC pledged to lift illegal restrictions on repairing various products, including smartphones. US government regulations would potentially require companies like Apple to better provide tools, parts, diagnostics, and even repair manuals to other third-party companies.

Kyle Wiens, CEO of iFixit, advises that repair law laws currently proposed in the United States will not affect the design of these devices. However, they focus on repair options that could give manufacturers an incentive to swap bolts for standard bolts.

Smartphone designs

It was noted that this could also make it easier to remove the battery. In fact, according to ABI Research’s David McQueen notes, small changes would make a big difference in a phone’s other features, adding that a new screw could even help affect the phone’s overall IP ratings.

According to PhoneArena, McQueen notes that phone manufacturers have also worked hard to keep their devices safe from unwanted dust and water. Finding out if the units have more screw holes and are easier to take apart, McQueen asked if that could hurt the ratings or lower them.

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Smartphone repairs remain expensive

The article notes that manufacturers often make phone repairs more expensive compared to buying a new device. Pedro Pacheco, Gartner’s senior director, told CNN that this needs to change and that manufacturers need to make design decisions to minimize device repair costs.

A move by the US government to regulate smartphone repairs could save owners a lot of money to get their devices repaired. Apple has long been scrutinized for its third-party repair approach, but should the new rules go into effect, all of that could change.

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