The iPhone, a bad student of the repairability index

The iPhone and Macbook repairability ratings have just been made public by Apple. At the bottom of the ranking, the iPhone 11 Pro Max and its rating of 4.5 / 10.

They are the best-selling smartphones in the world, but their ratings are not great: the repairability index of iPhones was this Friday.

This rating was made mandatory by the anti-waste law of 2020. On a scale of 0 to 10, it should allow consumers to determine which device will be the easiest to repair and therefore to keep in the long term.

Five criteria are scrutinized: the documentation provided to users, the dismantling of the product, the availability of spare parts, their price, as well as “specific criteria“. For iPhones, the brand sometimes excels… and falls to zero elsewhere.

The iPhone 11 Pro Max, last of the class

Released in November 2020, the iPhone 12 as well as its Pro, Pro Max and Mini versions received a rating of 6/10. A lower index than other equivalent models. Among the competition, the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro received a score of 7.1 / 10, one point behind the which scores 8.2 / 10.

But Tim Cook’s most recent model is doing better than the previous range. The iPhone 11 lineage is a dark series. Their results even tumble down to 4.5 / 10 for the iPhone 11 Pro Max. A generalized fall, linked to a sub-score of 0/20 systematically attributed to the criterion of spare parts.

The best student in the ranking is the iPhone 7, released in September 2016, which receives an average of 6.7 / 10. Yet it is also weighed down by a criterion that is lacking in all of the brand’s products: dismantling. On this point, Apple smartphones oscillate between 3.4 / 20 and 5.9 / 20. A weakness, which always ends up lowering the average: 5.93 / 10 on all iPhones.

Top rated MacBooks

If the results of smartphones are mixed, the firm is doing a little better with its laptops. The 16-inch MacBook Pro receives a score of 6.3 / 10 while the MacBook Air M1 scores 6.5 / 10.

For Apple, the repairability index does not do it justice. “These scores do not reflect the actions we have taken to accelerate the transition to a circular economy.», Regrets the firm. The brand recalls that it already uses “recycled materials”, Whose presence is not taken into account by the indicator.

While not perfect, this tool was created to guide consumers to the most easily serviceable models of phones and computers. The objective is to avoid waste by extending their lifespan while pushing manufacturers to review their practices (inaccessible battery, expensive spare part, etc.). But by 2024, the index should turn into a device durability index, taking other criteria into account.