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On November 21, 2021 – we sent the following letter to Tim Cook of Apple:     —   NWIDA members, contact us today if you need our assistance and if you’re not yet a member, we invite you to join today. Want news like this delivered to your inbox? Click HERE Want news like this in Read more…

Today, Apple announced Self Service Repair, which will allow customers access to Apple genuine parts and tools. Starting with the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13, and soon with Mac computers featuring M1 chips, Self Service Repair will be available early next year in the US and expand to additional countries throughout 2022.  The initial phase of the Read more…

According to The Verge Apple has stated it will now introduce an iOS update that will allow for standard display repairs that do not disable Face ID. As we mentioned, with the ‌iPhone 13‌, Apple added a microcontroller that pairs the ‌phone to its display. This microcontroller must be paired to the any new display, which independent Read more…

According to our friends at Repair.org, Apple is purposely disabling a prominent feature of the new iPhones if anyone other than themselves repair something as simple as a cracked screen. The new iPhone 13 completely disables the Face ID functionality when you replace its screen. Yep. Apple has decided that if your iPhone screen breaks, and you Read more…

The US Copyright Office is expanding a legal shield for fixing digital devices, including cars and medical devices. This morning, the office submitted new exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which protects software copy protection. The exemptions include a revamped section on device repair, reflecting renewed government pressure around “right to repair” issues. The exemptions recommend Read more…

The Daily Show, starring Trevor Noah, took on Right to Repair – with everything from McDonalds ice cream machines to phones.  You can watch the 10 minute video segment here: —   NWIDA members, contact us today if you need our assistance and if you’re not yet a member, we invite you to join today. Want news Read more…

As reported on Wired.com (link below) the the FTC recently voted to enforce laws around Right to Repair, ensuring that consumers will be able to repair their own electronic and automotive devices. The vote comes days after President Biden signed an executive order aimed at promoting competition in the US economy. The order encouraged the FTC to Read more…

President Biden, earlier this week, signed an Executive Order called on the FTC to institute rules to curb anticompetitive restrictions that limit consumers’ ability to repair gadgets on their own terms. There are 72 initiatives in the order, aimed at promoting competition in the US economy, Biden specifically asked the FTC to crack down on “unfair anticompetitive Read more…

NY Rep Joe Morelle has introduced the Fair Repair Act, which requires device manufacturers to provide diagnostic and repair information, parts, and tools to third-party repair shops “in a timely manner and on fair and reasonable terms.” Additionally, the bill would allow the Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general to carry out enforcement by penalizing violators. Read more…

It appears that antitrust expert Lina Khan won’t just be joining the FTC as a commissioner, she’ll be appointed as the FTC’s new Chair.  Khan, who is an associate professor at Columbia Law School, has been called a “fierce advocate for consumers”, and Right-to-Repair folks are calling it a “win.” Kahn has investigated anti-competitive practices of big tech Read more…

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