Technology giant Apple started to list the repairability ratings of the iPhone and MacBook models it sold in France. It is expected to be implemented in other countries.

Apple has added iPhone and MacBook maintenance points to its online store in France to comply with a new French law that took effect this year. The rating score is reported to take into account features such as ease of disassembly of the device, availability of repair manual, and availability of spare parts.

The ease of maintenance of Apple products differs slightly by device and generation. For example, the iPhone 12 family scored 6 out of 10, while last year’s iPhone 11 appears to have a significantly lower score of 4.5-4.6. According to the statements, this improvement is due to the fact that new iPhones are easier to disassemble than previous models and parts are less expensive than the total cost of the phone. The scores are between 5.6 and 7 for different MacBook models.

Manufacturers lead to quality production
Repairability figures now need to be specified under a new French law, which entered into force on 1 January, along with new waste legislation. With this scoring system, the government aims to inform consumers and put pressure on manufacturers to improve performance. However, the system is not perfect. For example, it has been stated that manufacturers can easily increase their scores with simple measures such as providing additional information about software updates.

France’s new law is still in its early adoption stages, and only in 2022 will companies begin to be penalized for non-compliance. However, it is already hoped that the initiative, which currently encompasses smartphones, laptops, TVs, washing machines and lawnmowers, could expand to more product categories in the future. Similar initiatives are expected to spread to other countries, given the fact that last year the European Parliament voted in favor of a law on the right to repair.


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