right to repair

Leo Tests Repairable Laptop

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Episode 1825

Leo picked up a new Windows-based laptop this week that has something very interesting about it. It's repairable and upgradable. It's by Framework.  And Leo says he's a real fan of the approach. Nothing is glued in, and it's still completely solid in its construction. It also came plain with no operating system, so he can choose his own OS. And iFixit gives it a 10 out of 10 for repairability.

Why Doesn't Apple Repair Products When They Break?

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Episode 1805

Jerry from Hatfield, PA

Jerry watches youtube videos from Louis Rossman who fixes Apple products. Apple wants to just sell new products and replace them, not repair them. Leo agrees that people have a right to repair their property, but it's more complicated than that. There are security issues and intellectual property issues. But what Apple does to prevent third-party repair is terrible. People should always get a second opinion.

Can I buy a replacement battery for my laptop?

ASUS VivoBook

Episode 1613

Lori from West LA, California

Lori's friend has an Asus Vivobook computer that needs to have the battery replaced. But there doesn't seem to be a way to do it. Leo says that the Right to Repair is a serious movement that computer companies are starting to resist, chiefly Apple. They make it harder to open up your computer and they won't even offer replacement parts. That's why there are bills to establish a right to repair law in several states.

Apple could make your Macs inoperative, sparking right to repair debate

Episode 1529

According to a story that broke this week, software in the new macOS will render your Macs inoperative if you have your computer repaired by a third party. Leo says that iFixit says that it's premature statement. Apple claims it's a security procedure to protect the secure enclave and other proprietary hardware. While the software does exist, Apple hasn't deployed it just yet. But Leo says that it's still problematic, as it goes to whether or not you have the right to repair your computers, or if you even own it.