The White House has also weighed in, with Press Secretary Jen Psaki noting this week that the US Department of Agriculture was looking into giving “farmers the right to repair their own equipment.”
Wozniak, for his part, shared how he had learned to build and modify his own devices from a young age, including with a ham radio license at 10 years old.
“Back then, when you bought electronic things like TVs and radios, every bit of the circuits and designs were included on paper. Total open source,” he said.
“If you know what you’re doing … you could repair a lot of things at low cost. But it’s even more precious to know that you did it yourself.”
“It was not … successful on pure luck,” he added. “There were a lot of good things about that being so open that everyone could join the party.”
But “I believe that companies [still] inhibit it because it gives the companies power, control over everything,” said Wozniak.
Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
“It’s time to start doing the right things,” Wozniak said in his message. “It’s time to recognize the right to repair more fully.”
— Haley Burton contributed to this report.