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French Law Requires Apple to List Repairability Score

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Apple has low score due to new French law

A new law in France that was designed to reduce electronic waste has forced Apple to face the low repairability score of their devices.

The new law came into effect this year.

Apple added iPhone and MacBook repairability scores to its online store in response.

The rating provides scoring based on features such as how easily a device can be disassembled and the availability of repair manuals and spare parts.

Apple’s particular ratings vary between products and generations.

For its iPhone 12 lineup, all devices have scores of 6 out of 10.

Previous year iPhone 11s are rated between 4.5 and 4.6.

The improvement in score is due to the newer iPhones being relatively easier to dismantle than they were previously.

Also, the spare parts available are less expensive compared to the cost of the phone itself.

MacBooks scored throughout the range of 5.6 and 7.

The ratings are not a perfect system, especially since manufacturers can calculate their own scores based on law guidelines.

However, manufacturers can gain easy points with simple measures, such as giving detailed information about software updates and providing repair guides.

In fact, Samsung was able to boost their repairability score by offering an online repair guide for its Galaxy S21 Plus.

France’s goal is to reduce waste by encouraging users to repair their broken devices instead of disposing of them.

Last year, only 40 percent of France’s electrical devices were repaired after they broke down.

Within the next 5 years, France wants to increase the amount of devices repaired to 60 percent.

Their hope is that scoring manufacturers will educate consumers and increase pressure on manufacturers to make improvements in the reduction of electronics waste.

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