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Right to Repair

Fight for your right to truly own your things.

Written by Kyle Wiens Illustration by Jim Burke

IF MY PHONE WERE A PERSON, IT WOULD BE THE BIONIC WOMAN.

Its body has been broken and rebuilt more times than I can count. Its brain has been modified, tinkered with, and improved.

In the past three years, my iPhone 4S has been jailbroken and wired into a home automation system. Its Apple-approved glass back panel has been replaced with a transparent one. It’s been water-drenched, dismantled, and completely cleaned. Twice. Thanks to an app from the free-as-in-speech Cydia store, I’m tracking my battery’s performance in ways Apple won’t allow. And I’ve pried up and replaced that battery over and over again.

It’s the phone that will not ...

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