Apple is about to roll-back on their right to no repair policy and will soon start repairing older iPhones.
If you take a broken iPhone 4 or iPhone 5 down to Apple today and ask them to repair it, they’ll refuse your request and send you back with a broken phone. However, 9to5Mac reports that they will soon revoke that policy and start fixing older phones.
Since Apple holds this right, there’s not much you could do with broken old iPhones than throw them away. Therefore, their upcoming “Repair Vintage Apple Products Pilot” program is most likely an attempt from the company to prevent older iPhone models from ending up in landfills.
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The company has been working hard to make their business more environmentally friendly in recent years, and just last week announced that their new MacBook Air and Mac mini are both made from 100 percent recycled aluminum.
Apple also recently announced that the company now runs completely on renewable energy. It’s hard to imagine, but that’s the claim.
Allowing older models to be repaired is a good thing however. Older phones have sentimental value to their owners, and why would anyone be forced to buy a new phone simply because the manufacturer refuses to repair it, nor allow certified agents to repair it.
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But now that they might take that decision back, both parties win. Users will not have to go to unauthorized fixers, and Apple would still make a profit out of the repairs.
Some of the devices they will reportedly start repairing again include: iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, and the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro from 2012 onward.