Apple Challenges Right-to-Repair Legislation in Oregon, Prioritizing Profit Over Consumer Choice

Apple, once hailed for its surprising support of a right-to-repair law in California, has now shifted its stance by opposing a similar legislation in Oregon. This sudden change has left many wondering about the company’s true motivations and commitment to consumer rights.

The key issue at hand is “parts pairing,” a controversial practice where companies use software to control the functioning of a device’s components. By doing so, they can restrict repairs to only authorized providers and prohibit the use of cheaper aftermarket or refurbished parts. This ultimately gives companies like Apple a monopoly over the repair process, encouraging customers to opt for costly replacements instead.

While some argue that companies have a financial incentive to maintain control over repairs, this approach is widely criticized and unpopular among consumers. Parts pairing has become a contentious topic that, surprisingly, unites people across the political spectrum. In this divisive era, it is a rare occurrence to witness such bipartisan disapproval.

So, what is Apple’s motivation behind opposing right-to-repair legislation? The answer lies in the financial gains. Companies like Apple benefit greatly from limiting repair options, as they can drastically increase their revenue and profit margins. By forcing customers to rely solely on their authorized repair services and parts, they maintain their dominance in the market.

However, Apple’s claims regarding safety and privacy concerns are met with skepticism. Despite lacking concrete evidence, the company argues that third-party repair parts pose significant risks to consumer protection. Yet, many independent repair technicians and third-party shops have successfully repaired devices with non-original parts without compromising safety or privacy.

Apple’s change in position regarding right-to-repair legislation raises questions about its commitment to providing consumer choice and promoting a fair repair market. As consumers, it is important for us to advocate for policies that protect our rights and ensure a competitive repair market.







– 修理自由法案:法规保护消费者可以自行修理或选择维修商修理自己的设备的权利。
– 零部件配对:企业利用软件控制设备零部件的功能,限制只能使用授权供应商的维修零部件。
– 翻新零部件:经过修复和改进后的二手零部件。

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