With the Right To Repair movement finally seeing success in the USA, and the appropriate amendments being made to the Digital Millenium Copyright Act, you can now legally tinker with your gadget, or have expert technicians or third-party fixers repair your technology without running into problems with the original manufacturers. While fixing your own phone may void the warranty, the Right To Repair prevents manufacturers from refusing to fix your gadgets if they’ve been tinkered with. So you could just as easily replace that shattered screen on your phone without paying Apple $500 to do it for you… and you don’t have to worry about Apple refusing to service your phone in the future!
The Right To Repair movement is something the guys at iFixit have been lobbying for, for ages. Practically the biggest name in tech teardown, the guys at iFixit make it their business to pull apart every single bit of tech they can get their hands on, to see how difficult or easy it is to do so, and more importantly to examine the build quality of our favorite gadgets. They were the first to point out that the iPhone 7 in-fact, did have space for a headphone jack but chose not to put one in, or that the Beats by Dre headphones had pieces of metal inside them just to make the product feel heavier. Over the years, they’ve perfected the art of pulling apart and re-assembling gadgets, and that experience has culminated in the iFixit Pro Tech Toolkit, an exhaustive kit that was, they claim, developed over 5 years using the data from thousands of repair manuals.
The Pro Tech Toolkit comes with a 64-bit screwdriver kit, suction handles for pulling gorilla-glass displays off, prytools, tweezers, an anti-static wrist-strap, magnetic sorting tray, and other nifty tools galore, along with iFixit’s online library of DIY videos that teach you everything from fixing shattered screens, to replacing batteries, to even more complex tasks like switching modules as well as its thriving online community of repair experts who provide one-on-one guidance, advice, and trade-secrets. And to truly show tech companies how it’s done, the toolkit comes with a lifetime warranty!