19 Jul '12, 12pm

Why Gadget Repairability is So Damn Important

Why Gadget Repairability is So Damn Important

When iFixit published their teardown of the new MacBook Pro with Retina Display , it was criticized for being virtually unrepairable. It received a 1 out of 10, with 10 being the most repairable, and iFixit's Kyle Weins lamented that "The Retina MacBook is the least repairable laptop we’ve ever taken apart." One of the most common responses I heard after writing this up -- even from equally green-minded friends and colleagues -- is, essentially, "so what?" The argument is that the vast majority of consumers are not going to repair their own laptops and Apple's customer service will take care of what does break, which means making it repairable (and thus sacrificing the thin, slim, fast features for something slightly bulkier, slightly heavier, and thus subjectively less attractive) is not a logical or necessary choice for a company to make. But that's exactly the problem. ...

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