The so-called ‘right of reparation’ has been approved in the European Parliament with a generous majority, which is sure to result in new labels on the boxes of products from Apple and other companies. The objective of this initiative is, mainly, to oblige companies to inform consumers in more detail about the repairability of their products and guarantees.
In other words, in the future we will see labels on the boxes of Macs and iPhones in which we will see a score
Universal charge, reuse and waste reduction
Good news 👏 The @Europarl_FR made a clear call for more durable and durable goods:
✅ Legal guarantees over the life of the products 📰
✅ Measures to fight against premature obsolescence ⚙️
✅ Right of repair 🔧
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– The voice of the consumer (@beuc) November 24, 2020
The approval responds to criticism that European organizations are leveling at companies like Apple, with the debate over planned obsolescence revolving around smartphones, tablets and computers. Second-hand markets will also be encouraged and a common battery charging system will be required everywhere. All of this will reduce the amount of waste, which will help fight climate change.
The European Union offers another argument in the form of an investigation: 77% of citizens would repair their products before replacing them with a new one and 79% believe that companies should be obliged to offer repairs to their products in a simple and understandable way. Apple hasn’t commented on it yet, but from iFixit they’ve already released a statement welcoming the news. It is precisely in iFixit that we have become accustomed to seeing a “repairability score,” which is generally very low in Apple products.
We will be attentive to the evolution of this initiative and to the possible reaction of Cupertino.