A friend of mine in Ohio “had an uninvited and unwelcome visitor in my bathtub last night: my Kindle! I always knew this day would come. Fortunately I reacted with the swiftness of a Kyrie Irving and retrieved it immediately. It seemed okay, just wet, so it sat in a bowl of rice all night just to make sure. We’ll see how it fares this week.”
The same could well have happened to iPhones or countless other devices.
Let’s hope that Flo’s Kindle rescue succeeds. But what if it doesn’t? I don’t know about the situation with Amazon, but Apple makes it difficult for thrifty DIYers as well as third-party repair services.
Wouldn’t it be great if laws existed to guarantee easy access to repair parts and information needed to get your e-reading device or other gizmo working again?
In fact, the Huffington Post reports that “Four states—Minnesota, Nebraska, Massachusetts and New York—have considered adopting ‘right to repair’ amendments, which would update existing laws regarding the sale of electronic equipment. Amending these laws would make it easier to fix your devices and would help reduce ‘e-waste,’ a catch-all term for any electronic detritus.”
But Apple has been fighting hard against such legislation, according to HuffPo and other publications. New York is the latest battleground. Perhaps thanks to our corrupt political system, Apple has succeed in dulling legislators’ interest in this much-needed measure.
“Apple in particular has been really vocal about how environmentally friendly they are, but then, behind the scenes, they’re subverting every possible technique that people could have to make their products last longer,” the Washington Post quotes Kyle Wiens, founder of the iFixit site.
The Post notes that “Apple removed the iFixit app, created by Wiens’s repair community/company, from the app store last year when iFixit posted instructions on how to tear down the Apple TV.”
Details: I’ve told my Ohio friend about the waterproof Kindle cases available on Amazon. Meanwhile here are other water-damage tips for e-reader, tablet and phone owners. Also see Chris Meadows’s post on the DIY repair issue.
Related: Apple Withholds Support for GOP Convention Because of Donald Trump, in HuffPo. That’s the good Apple at work