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.”