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Apple co-founder Wozniak backs the right-to-repair movement

Paul Lipscombe
July 8, 2021

Despite Apple opposition to right-to-repair, Wozniak calls for more openness 

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has publicly backed the right-to-repair movement, despite Apple’s opposition.

The right-to-repair movement focuses on legislation that seeks to allow users access to information and parts to repair their own smartphones.

Wozniack, who founded Apple alongside Steve Jobs in the mid 1970s, has called for more openness to accessing parts.

He made the comments on video platform Cameo, in response to a question regarding right-to-repair.

“We wouldn’t have had an Apple had I not grown up in a very open technology world — an open electronics world.”

Apple has previously fought against right-to-repair laws in Nevada, USA and has faced criticism over its stance on making devices difficult to repair.

“It’s time to recognise the right-to-repair more fully. Companies inhibit (the right-to-repair) because it gives the companies power, control, over everything,” Wozniack added.

Wozniack also revealed that he engineered an old TV into an early computer monitor for the Apple I, as he knew how TVs worked and had access to schematics.

He said he wasn’t restricted against doing so and this enabled Apple to thrive.

“That all came from being able to repair things, and modify them, and tap into them yourself.”

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