A critic of hard-to-repair electronics is purchased by the biggest target of its criticism.
UPDATE: April Fools.
FORTUNE –The gadget-repair company iFixit, a persistent critic of Apple AAPL products for their low “repairability,” announced Tuesday that it has been purchased by Apple for an undisclosed price.
iFixit is best known for its “teardown” photos of disassembled iPhones and iPads, posted shortly after they go on sale and later used to illustrate free online repair guides (parts and tools for sale).
iFixit founder Kyle Wiens has often complained that Apple’s devices, because they are so thin and tightly packed, are particularly hard to repair and reuse.
According to the notice that replaced iFixit’s website overnight Tuesday, Apple has promised to do something about that.
[The “index” is rigged to give Apple devices top scores in all categories.]
For more on the iFixit community, see iFixit.org, “Ditch the throwaway economy,” it urges. “Join the repair revolution.”
LINK: Why fixers will repair the planet, Wiens’ 2011 article in The Atlantic.