Your newly bought iPhone 7 is in a mess. The power keeps dropping rapidly, the home button doesn’t work, the screen is cracked. Yes, just some tiny hardware problems. You could take it to an affordable local repair shop you trust, like those with REWA tech support all around the world. The question is, however, they may not even know how to separate the LCD from the rest of the device ( REWA YouTube channel offers video guide for your need ). Repair professionals as they are, to fix burnt-out LCD fuses and other esoteric and complicated repairs, pirated schematics online and advanced knowledge of how circuit boards fundamentally work are most needed.
Unfortunately, since Apple stopped handing out “Authorized Service Provider” designations, independent iPhone repair businesses have had no access to Apple’s internal service manuals and repair materials. That means, you still have to turn to Apple’s official support system for help — so expensive that you can afford a completely new one.
Unbelievable? That’s how electronics work today.
Companies manage to make replacement parts and diagnostic tools difficult to buy and impose artificial software lockdowns on diagnostic systems within the devices, manufacturers refuse to publish crucial repair information and threaten those seen as defying them with a lawsuit for copyright infringement.
What we got in the end? Fair uses are frustrated and users are deprived of their rights. Independent repair shops are driven out of business. The electronic waste is piling up, poisoning the planet.
Sounds terrifying? Here comes rescue.
“Right to Repair”, the bill to enshrine the “Right to Repair” electronics, is aimed at the “authorized repair” model that creates aftermarket monopolies dominated by the manufacturers themselves. It requires manufacturers containing embedded software or supporting terms for full repair and reuse to make available to consumers and independent repair shops diagnostic and service manuals, security updates, replacement parts and diagnostic and repair tools they need to repair those devices.
“It defends your right to own your stuff”, said Kevin Chou, CEO of REWA technology. “It’s in society’s best interest to repair and replace, to reduce electronics waste and to protect our environment.＂
The logic goes that, if individual strength or a business can affordably repair a broken device, make sure that that device can last longer, somehow electronics waste can also be reduced, making it a win-win situation for both consumers and the environment.
Make sure ownership continues to mean something, and give owners control over their own devices. Everyone can and should make an effort to lead the right to repair bill way into legislation and opening up the right to repair for all in the world. Anyway, REWA will always be with you!