If you wanted to know how repairable these products are when buying an iPhone or Mac, now Apple itself is finally providing this information to some users. The American company recently displayed the repairability index of its products on its website and application. has started, But only French users can see this information.
The Apple Index is based on a number of factors, including ease of opening parts, availability of repair guides, and spare parts. Apple’s French website has published a complete explanation of how to calculate this index for each device. For example, the iPhone 12 scored 6 out of 10, but the iPhone 11 scored 4.5. The company’s new MacBook Pro, which uses the M1 chip, scored 5.6, while the new MacBook Air received a score of 6.5.
The addition of the repairability index to the Apple website was made possible by a law passed in France aimed at reducing waste, effective January 1, 2021. The law says that by knowing how repairable mobile phones are, users are likely to turn to products that have higher repairability, thereby achieving a longer lifespan and reducing e-waste generation.
According to a French source, only 40% of consumer electronics in the country were repaired last year. The law seeks to reduce e-waste by 60 percent and encourage people to repair old products.
Apple, in turn, has made more efforts in recent years to make its products more reliable, and has sometimes made some of its devices from recycled materials. In 2020, the company removed the charger adapter from the iPhone 12 box to reduce users’ e-waste and reduce the size of its flagship box. Other companies, such as Samsung, followed suit.
Apple will not be the only company forced to display a repairability index for its products, given the nationwide implementation of the law in France. Other brands operating in this country should similarly display an indicator to show the repairability of their products. Companies have until 2022 to comply with the law, otherwise they will be fined.
With the exception of France, the European Union is working on a separate law to facilitate repairs called the “right of repair” law. So it is likely that more countries in Europe will implement these laws soon.