Planned obsolescence and big profits be damned, we're going to let you fix your kit

On Thursday, Apple introduced a program that will allow independent computer repair shops access to the same resources available to Apple Authorized Service Providers (AASP), a significant policy shift that could help level a market the company has been deterring unauthorized battery replacements and lobbying against right to repair legislation.

To participate in the program, repair shops will have to have an Apple-certified technician on staff.

"Apple's announcement regarding the new repair program is a welcome development," said Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton), who in March introduced a right-to-repair bill that's awaiting consideration in California, told The Register.

"The right to repair is a movement that is gaining momentum across the nation and – while more work remains to be done – today's announcement demonstrates that companies have the capacity to give consumers greater choice."

Apple, he said, has emphasized that you need authorized parts, but that's not true.

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