This could be viewed two ways. On the one hand, it might be beneficial, as it would create a deterrent for 'Alphabet Agencies' and others to tamper with. On the other, it limits home users from modifying their own property or repairing it on their own.
HARPO-54: This is exactly what I have done. I replaced my "aging" mobile phone some months ago and of course had a multitude of brand names from which to choose. I did go Android. My oldest granddaughter had an Apple laptop some years ago, purchased prior to her freshman year at the university. There is only ONE authorized repair depot for Apple products in our city-- they know that consequently charging outrageous prices for their work and parts. That was my lesson learned. The cost for repairs to her"machine" was approximately one-half the purchase price. Last year the laptop died. This time, we go PC version and she made that decision.
No Rob, the air in the fridge is a very dry. This is because much of the moisture condenses on the evaporator, then the air warms up as it circulates, hence RH drops. Ambent humidity here at the moment is 99%, RH in fridge 32%.
It is ideal for drying stuff.
Presuming distilled water has displaced whatever H2O was in the phone, (esp if salt water) then no residue will remain - odds fairly good phone will function. I tried this with a Moto abt 15 years ago, (dunked in fresh water) & phone came back. Only damage was from a rinse in metho which damaged the screen.
Most important thing though is to get battery out ASAP. Which is where Apple is the problem, for iPhone users, with those Torx.
Not too long ago, I was replacing my car's headlight gear motors and found that a Phillips bit with 3/8 drive would be perfect to have. I simply drove to my neiborhood auto parts store and bought a set. I would never buy a car that used mounting/fastening hardware that was not readily available. Likewise, I will not buy any Apple products that incorporate tactics such as the one mentioned.
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