Right to Repair

Why Tens of Thousands of Perfectly Good, Donated iPhones Are Shredded Every Year

A single electronics recycler has had to destroy 66,000 iPhones in the last three years because of the iPhone's Activation Lock.
Jason Koebler

The Prototype iPhones That Hackers Use to Research Apple’s Most Sensitive Code

Very few people have heard of them, but "dev-fused" iPhones sold on the grey market are one of the most important tools for the best iOS hackers in the world.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai

Tim Cook to Investors: People Bought Fewer New iPhones Because They Repaired Their Old Ones

Apple finally says that repair hurts its bottom line.
Jason Koebler

We Don't Mine Enough Rare Earth Metals to Replace Fossil Fuels With Renewable Energy

Rare earth metals are used in solar panels and wind turbines—as well as electric cars and consumer electronics. We don't recycle them, and there's not enough to meet growing demand.
Nafeez Ahmed
kanye west

Kanye West Has Literally the Worst iPhone Passcode You Could Ever Have

If starting from the lowest possible number and going up, Kanye’s passcode would literally be the first one you would try.
Joseph Cox

This Smartphone Airbag Automatically Protects Your Phone When You Drop It

The design was a thesis project for a German engineering student.
Kaleigh Rogers

Why Counterfeit Lightning Cables Kill iPhones

Are cheap iPhone chargers safe to use with the iPhone? Here's how counterfeit cables can destroy your phone and cause it to stop charging.
Matthew Zieminski
Fight to Repair

DHS Seizes Aftermarket iPhone Screens From Prominent Right-to-Repair Advocate

Jessa Jones is a highly respected iPhone repair professional and recently testified as an expert witness in a class action lawsuit against Apple.
Jason Koebler
Right to Repair

Washington Bill Would Make it Illegal to Sell Electronics That Don’t Have Easily Replaceable Batteries

iPhone CPU throttling controversy is fueling a new round of state-level right to repair legislation.
Jason Koebler
Right to Repair

Apple Throttles iPhones That Have Old Batteries (But Didn't Tell You About it)

"What people think is, ‘My phone is slow, I need to replace it.’ And that causes a lot of perfectly good phones to get replaced."
Jason Koebler
Double Takes

Do We All See the Woman Holding an iPhone in This 1860 Painting?

A closer look at “The Expected One,” a painting by 19th century Austrian artist Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller.
Brian Anderson
it's the little things

The Capital Letter Lie

How your friends know where you are before you tell them.
Louise Matsakis