iFixit Repair Manuals: Now Free, Forever

iFixit is one of the most important community-driven technology resources on the net. It is wonderful to now see them build their community by giving back to the community what they community helped build.

Those are the words from Lawrence Lessig, founder of Creative Commons and a long-term iFixit user. Kyle Wiens, CEO of iFixit (www.ifixit.com), just blasted out an email stating that iFixit has all of its repair manuals under the Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license and made it free to the world. iFixit has probably the largest collection of repair manuals for Apple gear:

  • 91 Mac models
  • 34 iPods
  • 2 iPhones
  • 154,556 images
  • 1000+ Stey-by-step guides

Why is iFixit giving out all of its treasures free of charge? Kyle weighs in:

Because we must. Because the world cannot continue wantonly manufacturing and consuming devices without a plan for their long-term lifecycle. Because individuals need the ability to take control of their devices and their environmental footprint. And because it’s the right thing to do.

I agree. Make gadgets fixable. I benefited greatly from iFixit with its “iPhone 3G Front Panel Kit” (links to iFixit’s iPhone Parts Store) when my iPhone did a face plant on concrete (read, “Apple Is Not Nordstrom” for the story). If I had not fixed it I would have had to spend a considerable sum to purchase another iPhone. Thankfully, and probably because of iFixit-like resources, there is a market for broken iPhones. Source: iFixit