Apple, forced to rate product repair potential in France, gives itself modest marks – still lying, they should be worse

Apple, on its French website, is now publishing repairability scores for its notoriously difficult to repair products, in accordance with a Gallic environmental law enacted a year ago.

Cook & Co score themselves on repairability however, and Cupertino kit sometimes fares better under internal interpretation of the criteria [PDF] than it does under ratings awarded by independent organizations.

For example, Apple gave its 2019 model year 16-inch MacBook Pro (A2141) a repairability score of 6.3 out of 10. According to iFixit, a repair community website, that MacBook Pro model deserves a score of 1 out of 10.

Apple’s evaluation of its products aligns more closely with independent assessment when it comes to phones. Apple gives its iPhone 12 Pro a repairability score of six, which matches the middling score bestowed by iFixit.

“It’s self-reporting right now,” said Gay Gordon-Byrne, executive director of The Repair Association, a repair advocacy group, in an email to The Register. “No audit, no validation, yet. I think there is another year before there are any penalties for lying.”

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Source: Apple, forced to rate product repair potential in France, gives itself modest marks • The Register

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