Apple Rolls Out Device Repairability Scores in France

Apple has begun adding repairability scores to its website and Apple Store app in France to meet the demands of new Right to Repair laws (via MacGeneration).

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The scores, displayed on purchase pages for a range of Apple products, give devices a rating out of ten for how easy it is to repair, much like iFixit repairability ratings. The scores are intended to inform customers about "whether this product is repairable, difficult to repair or unrepairable," according to the French Ministry of Ecological Transition.

All of the iPhone 12 models have been given a score of 6.0, while the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro score considerably worse at 4.6. The iPhone 11 Pro Max and iPhone XR have a score of 4.5, and the iPhone XS and XS Max and have a score of 4.7 and 4.6 respectively.

Better ratings are held by the second-generation iPhone SE with 6.2 and the ‌iPhone‌ 7 Plus, ‌iPhone‌ 8, and ‌iPhone‌ 8 Plus with 6.6. The overall top-rated model is the ‌iPhone‌ 7, with a repairability score of 6.7.

For Macs, the M1 13-inch MacBook Pro has a score of 5.6, the 16-inch MacBook Pro has a score of 6.3, and the ‌M1‌ MacBook Air does best at 6.5.

A French Apple Support page sets out the repairability score information for a range of iPhones and MacBooks, with breakdowns justifying why each device has been designated its rating. The criteria include the availability of repair documentation, ease of disassembly, availability and price of spare parts, and software updates.

Apple determines these ratings against a grid offered by the Ministry of Ecological Transition, as opposed to a central regulatory authority, but they are overseen and verified by the Fraud Prevention Directorate (FRCCB).

In November last year, the European Union voted to support a motion on the Right to Repair, including a system of mandatory labeling on consumer electronics to provide explicit information on the repairability and lifespan of products. Laws compelling tech companies to display repairability scores for their devices, much like those in France, could come into effect across the entire EU as a result.

Top Rated Comments

true god Avatar
7 months ago
Apple devices repairability really sucks as of late.
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Wildkraut Avatar
7 months ago
Well, it's pure greediness.
Cluing all together = profit

Look at the latest Macs, you can't swap RAM, nor the SSD anymore.
If it turns out that BigSur/M1 is really wearing SSDs out, like stated in the recent news, then customers will have a lot of fun.
1 Year later, when the warranty is over, Apple will say "it costs 300-600Eur to repair the logic board with the SSD".
Then the next lawsuit will knock on their door.

At the same time, they try to wear the white vest and put ******** marketing sites like that up:
https://www.apple.com/environment/
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Johnny907 Avatar
7 months ago

This is mainly due to miniaturization. It encourages new processes such as gluing things together.
Gluing in parts has nothing to do with “miniaturization.” That myth was thoroughly debunked by engineers years ago after it started becoming a thing. Apple’s decision to glue down components is intentional, but not for that reason.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JPSaltzman Avatar
7 months ago
Well, that's good for a laugh. Yeah, go ahead, try and fix that iDevice or M1 Mac on your own, especially when their proprietary SSD stick wears out prematurely. Wonder what Apple would charge you just for the SSD (and not the disassembly and installation required.....

What do the Air-Pods/Buds/headphone cans rate? A Zero? You can't replace the battery, even if you could access it without totally destroying your Air-device.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
japanime Avatar
7 months ago

Great for everyone to be informed.. but damn that repairability badge is fugly.
So what you're saying is, the repairability badge could use some repairing? ;)
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
chilly willy Avatar
7 months ago
Probably not best to rely heavily on a manufacturer’s assertion as to repairability imho.
That said, I do think it’s a very laudable move on Apple’s part.
Maybe the impetus for being able to add my own RAM again one day? A person can dream.... ?
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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