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Apple gives users the 'right to repair' — so what's the catch?

Apple has finally agreed to give users access to its manuals and parts — essentially agreeing to let consumers fix their own devices. Some say it's a huge step forward for the 'right to repair' movement. But is it, really?

Many devices are glued or soldered together, making them harder for consumers to fix

Haider Issa runs an independent Apple repair store in Calgary, and says the company's move to sell parts and manuals is positive. (Anis Heydari/CBC)

Dropped your cell phone in the toilet? Spill some coffee on that brand new laptop and lost your photos?

Often, fixing it isn't an option. You just have to get a whole new device.

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Lobby groups across the globe have been pushing for laws that would force companies to let users crack open their various devices.

Apple has finally agreed to allow users to access its manuals and parts for devices such as the newest iPhones or MacBooks, and some say it's a huge step forward for the "right to repair" movement. But is it really? Anis Heydari cracks open his screwdriver set to find out.


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