“Though smartphone providers are the highest-profile known enactors of planned obsolescence, the UK’s and the EU’s right to repair laws both exclude smartphones and laptops from the equation.”
The government promised to allow consumers access to spare parts:
And this week, it happened:
But as pointed out on these pages, it could have gone further:
In particular, what is missing is the most obvious, as reported today:
UK Right to Repair Law Leaves Out Smartphones and Laptops
The new law doesn’t tackle the biggest known perpetrators of planned obsolescence.
Tackling e-waste and ‘planned obsolescence’
All of these laws are aimed, in part, at tackling the problems of “planned obsolescence,” which sees manufacturers build appliances knowing they will break down after a certain time, meaning consumers will have to buy a new one. By tackling the problem the laws will, by extension, also reduce e-waste.
The most high-profile case of planned obsolescence to date is that of Apple — last year, the company received a $27 million fine from France for spamming its older iPhones with updates, knowing it would substantially slow down the older models.
Surprisingly, though Apple and other smartphone providers are the highest-profile known enactors of planned obsolescence, the UK’s and the EU’s right to repair laws both exclude smartphones and laptops from the equation…
With a little more here on the history of planned obsolescence:
And more from Ghana: