A disposable culture owed to how difficult gadgets are getting to fix

As the complexity of technological gadgets increases (specifically that of the iPhones), so does the complexity of fixing them. Novel tools, such as the pentalobe screwdriver, and software locks were put in place partially to stop the customers from making use of lesser-costing third-party parts. Dave Whalen the owner of TechHub, stated how the time he took to repair devices and the price of the repair have risen. Whalen has had to double his prices and is now only replacing the batteries and fixing the screens for iPhone users.

Whalen stated how they add adhesive to the insides of the iPhone to make it waterproof. One would have to have a specialized heat gun to remove the case, and if they mess up by touching the wrong thing, it may brick the phone. He added how he agrees with some of that, and acknowledged how technology will not standstill. As technology improves, the size of devices will decrease. He said, however, that they are blatantly altering this to force an upgrade in place of a repair.

Allison Conwell, at CoPIRG, stated how they needed to move towards a no-waste system and that they are trying to highlight how they don’t need to continue to replace things every time something breaks. She stated that in a perfect world, producers will make devices keeping in mind their reparability. This would lead them to make the parts, tools, and guidelines available to the public in case someone wants to mend their stuff themselves.

In the previous few years, the fear of annulling a warranty in a client undoes a device or the utilization of technological gadgets which renders them unusable in case clients try to make use of less expensive third-party parts (such as with a few ink cartridges for printers, coffee makers’ coffee pods), has become a greater problem.


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Shreyas Tanna

Shreyas Tanna

The winner of the title Mr. Pune 2009, Mr. Shreyas Tanna is currently the young, dashing, and dynamic CEO of a market research company called ResearchNReports in Pune. Fondly known as RNR, the company specializes in market research as well as industry analysis, and is closely associated with its parent company Absolute Market Insights (AMI). Mr. Shreyas Tanna began his corporate journey as the Head of Corporate sales & PR at RED Entertainment while pursuing his degree for MMS (Marketing) from the MGM College of Management, Mumbai. After accomplishing the tedious task of balancing his work and education, he further polished his skills in Corporate Sales, Public Relations, Channel Development, Global Client Engagement, Strategic Consulting, and Brand Development by working with HDFC Life and Researchmoz Global Pvt. Ltd. His dedication towards his work has even won him accolades such as the National Level Performer 2013 – HDFC Life and Mr. Research Moz 2015. A disciplined individual with a loving heart, he is often seen taking crisp walks with an engrossed look and a gentle smile within the premises of his company to interact with the various departments. And he will be usually followed by an adorable trail of his beloved trio of Shih Tzu babies proudly known as Gucci, Drake, and Paris. The most enticing thing that you will notice about this content and proud pet parent is his infectious positivity and the firm belief in his eyes, a reflection of his favorite quote, “LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL!”