Apple has added iPhone and MacBook repairability scores to its online store in France to comply with a new law that came into force this year. The rating included features such as how easily a device can be dismantled and the availability of repair manuals and spare parts, the company said.
Links to each product’s final score appear on the support page, along with details on how they are calculated.
Apple made the new reports public due to the law in France
In the reports described, ratings of Apple products vary between products and generations. For example, the iPhone 12 series all scored six out of 10, while the previous year’s iPhone 11s were rated between 4.5 and 4.6 lower.
The resulting improvement, according to the detailed scoring assessment, is due to the fact that new iPhones can be repaired more easily than previous year’s models, and spare parts are cheaper than the cost of the phone. There is less difference between MacBook models with repairability scores ranging from 5.6 to 7.
Repairability points were mandated by a new French law, which came into force on January 1st. A website owned by different manufacturers states that only 40 percent of electrical appliances in France were repaired last year after they broke down, according to cataloguing scores.
The government is aiming to increase this rate to 60 per cent within five years, using these scores to educate consumers and pressure manufacturers to make improvements.
Samsung, another technology company other than Apple that has been affected by the law, said it was offering an online repair guide for the Galaxy S21 Plus, comparing its repairability score to its model, which it had put on sale the previous year.