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Apple argues against right-to-repair bill that would reduce its control

A blue iPhone 15 face down next to a pink iPhone 15 Plus face down.
Photo by Dan Seifert / The Verge

Apple might’ve backed a right-to-repair bill in California, but it was spotted lobbying against a new bill in Oregon that tries to ban the practice known as parts pairing. Cybersecurity expert Tarah Wheeler posted footage from and testified during a hearing about the state’s proposed right-to-repair bill, where testimony showed the company doesn’t want to give up full control of the repair process, as reported earlier by 404 Media. John Perry, Apple’s senior manager for the secure design team, said that Apple uses parts pairing to “make repair easier” while ensuring the device and its data “remains secure.”

The bill in question, SB 1596, would require companies to provide the documentation, tools, and parts both customers and…

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