What Apple’s New Repair Store Means for the Right-to-Repair

The biggest names in the fight to let you fix your own stuff come onto Cyber and explain Apple’s change of heart.
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State of Repair is Motherboard's exploration of DIY culture, device repair, ownership, and the forces fighting to lock down access to the things you own.

Apple recently announced a plan to sell customers manuals and parts that will let them fix their own iPhone 12s and 13s. It’s a huge win for the right to repair, but what are the specifics of the plan and what does it mean for the future of the repair movement in America?

This week on Cyber, Matthew Gault and Motherboard editor-in-chief Jason Koebler sat down with heavyweights of the right-to-repair movement to answer that question. This conversation between iFixit CEO Kyle Wiens,’s Gay Gordon-Byrne, and U.S. PIRG’s Nathan Proctor covers everything from John Deere tractors to lies Apple tells when it’s lobbying against the right-to-repair.


A non-comprehensive list of the Motherboard reporting mentioned in this episode:

Half the Country Is Now Considering Right to Repair Laws

FTC Formally Adopts Right to Repair Platform

Apple Is Lobbying Against Your Right to Repair iPhones, New York State Records Confirm

Apple Is Telling Lawmakers People Will Hurt Themselves if They Try to Fix iPhones

Why American Farmers Are Hacking Their Tractors With Ukrainian Firmware

John Deere–Backed Lobbying Groups Host Anti-Right to Repair Conference

Department of Commerce Says We Need Fewer Repair Restrictions

Apple Said It Will Stop Breaking Face ID on Independently-Repaired iPhone 13s