Apple has has a split personality on whether you should have a right to repair its products

On the one hand, the company is fighting “right to repair” legislation. On the other hand, it’s publishing repair manuals online.

Cory Doctorow’s Apple’s internal Right to Repair fight

People should have a right to repair or modify the products they buy, and to pay others to do so. That’s fundamental to the definition of property. That includes the right to jailbreak a phone, or hire somebody else to do it, or make tools to do it.

In the long term, right to repair is good for Apple. Apple’s business model has always been you pay more for their products, but they last longer and have fewer hassles. Right to repair – to go pay a guy to replace your battery, say, without asking Apple’s permission – fits in that business model. Your phone lasts longer and makes you more likely to go back to Apple when it’s time to upgrade.

Mitch Wagner @MitchWagner