I get what you’re saying, but I honestly think that the money Apple makes by doing repairs is basically a rounding error compared to the tens of billions they make every quarter. I think it’s more likely that Apple products are becoming harder to repair because the technology inside them is getting increasingly complex, integrated, customized, and yes, smaller. In light of that, I can see why Apple would think that it was a bad idea for an uncertified person to open one of their products out and try to switch out parts, which might create a high probability of problems later which would lead to a crappy customer experience, so they make it hard to do. Like a lot of things in tech, it comes down to trade offs. I think Right to Repair is an important issue, but I am willing to sacrifice it so my iPhone can be thin, tightly constructed, waterproof, and full of the most advanced technology, and I think the number of people who want to open up and tinker with their phones is comparatively miniscule. That said, I definitely miss the days when you could add more RAM and bigger hard drives to Apple laptops, and the prices Apple charges for more installed RAM and storage are pretty outrageous, so I made sure to buy an iMac that lets you easily add more RAM. Apple has famously never been a company that does focus groups so they can give customers what they request — they think long and hard about what they think would be the best product and user experience, what they think the near future will be, and then try to make it.

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