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A while ago I inherited an iPad Pro. It’s powerful, but like all Apple recent devices, it has only one port.

I understand the (damn awful) reason behind a single port for enforcing overpriced proprietary connectors and wireless gadgets.

But one port only for a "pro" device? No audio input nor output? No HDMI, not even a second port? Forcing users to plug a tangled mess of bulky adapters for basic usability?

This is just terrible, disrespectful, ultracapitalist design.

@ice iPad Pros are also almost impossible to repair if you break them.

The first device I utterly broke because of clumsiness and stupidity has been my iPad Pro. 7/8ths of the screen is shattered to pieces, but the device still works (the miraculously intact part of the screen acts normally).

This means that the devices are - paradoxically - quite resilient... But replacing the screen is close to impossible!

@raelzero Yeah, Apple devices are not designed to be repairable by their users. I had to change an iPhone 6's battery a few months ago, it felt like surgery (hopefully successful). I also looked into replacing an old iPad's screen. I didn't even bother trying, the risk of making it worse was to high.

I really wish there were laws to force such devices to be fully repairable. Their current design is criminal given how costly they are, not only for your wallet but especially for the environment.

I'm probably preaching to the choir here but iFixIt is doing their best to fight that greed! ifixit.com/

@jcmorrow That's right, they have some great guides to repair lots of stuff. Even for people who wouldn't dare trying themselves, it's still very informative to understand how most electronic devices are made.

@ice @raelzero @neauoire seems like everyone says this but nobody recycles their devices. I don’t know any other electronics company with these policies and free recycling and reclaiming apple.com/ca/environment/

@_discovery @ice @neauoire Yup, that's a good policy!

On the other hand, when a device breaks, the choice is between an overpriced repair, or "trading it in for credit" towards buying another overpriced product... Meanwhile they resell the repaired product at a stupidly high margin.

It'd be more okay if they offered affordable in-store repair, or if their devices costed less. Instead, this policy seems to me like a double dip into users' pockets, using an environmental cover to justify greed.

@raelzero @ice @neauoire my only point is this: if people mention environment and then do not recycle their devices (regardless of the outcome) it’s just talking a lot and not doing. the option is there, worldwide, to reduce impact.

@_discovery @ice @neauoire I agree that properly recycling broken devices is a better option than tossing them away. That's obvious.

Nonetheless, if products were designed to be easier to repair, people would start doing it, and we'd toss away less devices to begin with, making that policy obsolete.

This is even more necessary when the driver of said policy is arguably not environmental concern, but triple-dipping into device sales (buy; trade-in; resell).

@_discovery @ice @neauoire Apple is a design powerhouse: they could have the capacity to make top-performing, user-friendly, accessible devices that are also easy to repair and recycle. Yet they're not doing it.

The idea of lowering the barrier to device recycling by leveraging the "sweet lock-in" typical of their ecosystem is good! It is also — IMO — not enough.

Instead, their designs are quite damaging exactly because, in spite of incentives, "nobody recycles their devices".

@_discovery @ice @neauoire With current Apple designs, normal recycling centres without specialised equipment cannot recycle their complicated devices properly, exacerbating the problem.

Knowing that people don't recycle, you can't just give an incentive. That only goes so far. You need also to make sure that what you are unable to catch through your programme has minimal impact.

Sorry for the long posting, but this is a topic I'm quite passionate about! :D

@ice At least it's USB-C now! I personally think it's not so much to be proprietary, as a misguided attempt at "a e s t h e t i c s!".

cf. the MacBook keyboard.

I think...was it Jony Ive...? Whoever was in charge of design at Apple left recently, I believe, so we may actually start to see more functional designs. (:

@faoluin

@IceWolf @faoluin Sure, USB-C makes it slightly less terrible. But for example, I have no idea how to emulate a dumb line-in jack to record an external audio source directly. There are plenty of iOS dedicated microphones, which I don’t need, many $150+ audio interfaces which I don’t want to buy, tons of idiotic 10-in-one adapters, but apparently no simple way to just plug a regular mic and get it detected as such. Which is... weird?

@ice @faoluin They took out the audio jack too? That's annoying!

Hm, for Lightning they have the little headphone adapter, but I have no idea about USB-C.

@IceWolf @faoluin I also have an adapter for USB-C, but the problem is to get the jack to be seen as input instead of output. Apparently there’s a bizarre hack involving some headset cable to trick the system, but otherwise you need a dedicated audio interface.

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