He’s known worldwide as “Woz,” the man who was Steve Jobs partner in founding the world’s valuable company with a market cap sitting around $2.4 trillion.
Woz posted a nine minute video to YouTube personality Louis Rossman who is an outspoken right-to-repair advocate, and he told Rossmann he’s with him on this cause.
He believes consumers should have the right, and the necessary information to fix their own devices. Now granted, most people might not have the skill set to do that, but many could if given the opportunity.
“I do a lot of Cameos, but this one has really gotten to me. We wouldn’t have had an Apple had I not grown up in a very open technology world.”
The right-to-repair movement is gaining momentum, and in the UK there are new laws introduced that would require the manufacturers of appliances and tech devices like refrigerators, washing machines and televisions to provide spare parts for consumers.
Over half the states in the U.S. have discussed it too.
In the video Woz sent, he talked about his love of fixing and tinkering with electronics he bought when he was young.
“Back then, when you bought electronic things like TVs and radios, every bit of the circuits and designs were included on paper. Total open source. If you know what you’re doing … you could repair a lot of things at low cost. But it’s even more precious to know that you did it yourself.”
As a company, Apple is not a fan of consumers right to repair their devices. For years they have dictated where Apple products could be fixed, and up until 2019 they only allowed authorized service providers to get their hands on authentic Apple parts needed to fix faulty devices.