When was the last time you repaired your car? Or, fridge? Or, washer and dryer? The days when mankind can repair gadgets we use every day come to an end.
Let's say the new Mac goes on the fritz. It doesn't matter how much which model is difficult to get into a Mac these days to do its own repairs or to perform simple troubleshooting, even less to find out what is wrong and to implement a solution. What's up?
I remember growing up in Georgia, and Mincey Plantation always had something in disrepair and something else that was repaired. If it wasn't the inside of a washing machine scattered over the porch, or a lawn mower sucking on the garage floor, it was my mother who complained that "damned transmission had to be outside the table before dinner ."
These days with Do-it-yourself repair is diminishing because our gadgets, tools and appliances have become too complicated to fix. I changed the oil on my own truck and replaced a wrong compressor on an old air conditioner. And yes, I've replaced RAM, hard disk drives, power supplies and various and different parts of Windows PCs and Macs from previous years.
These days are gone.
My latest MacBook Pro no longer allowed RAM or disk upgrades or even a simple battery replacement. The latest MacBook Pro models are even worse for the do-it-yourself repairman. Do you have any dust or dirt that prevents a key inside the butterfly design keyboard that is out of warranty? $ 700. Ed Hardy explains:
IFIXIT dismantled a mid-2018 13-inch MacBook Pro and gives it a 1 in 10 for repairability, the worst score possible. This is nothing new, as the latest MacBook Pro received a good repair capability score launched in 2011.
In other words, the latest repairable Mac notebook was seven years ago.
iPhones, iPads and Apple Watch are worse. Other than on the iFixIt, I have never seen one open unless they had been dropped from a speeding car on the sidewalk and technological intestines crossed the junction.
I understand the right to repair problem, and I agree with both the premises and the solutions. But I'm not going to be one who does the repair on any Apple product again. Those days are gone.
Software repairs? Maybe. Hardware Repairs? Uh, no. That's what the Genius Bar at the nearest Apple Store is for. Most of Apple's newer products aren't even using upgradeable. How do you add memory to an iPhone? Get a new iPhone. Ditto for the iPad and most of the Mac line.
Today's gadget units are sufficiently complex, and it is an exercise that has a potential disaster for only users. Why? Machines – not humans – build products today, and that means complexity that exceeds the repairer's ability. That's how Apple wants it. And, other than an aging desire to upgrade RAM and SSD on a Mac, today's user upgrades and repairs seem to fade quickly into the history books.
Goodbye, self-repair, we hardly knew.