Apple announced one Self-Service Repair Program that makes 200 original Apple parts available to the general public. This new program is only available in the US, but Europeans should have access by the end of the year.
The iPhone series (12, 13, SE) is the first product to be supported, but Mac computers with M1 chips should be next in line for self-repair.
In addition to the spare parts, Apple even has one $49 Rental iPhone Repair Toolkit with all the appropriate tools to carry out the repair as efficiently as possible.
The kit looks pretty impressive and comes in a cool pelican-like case (image soiled macros). It weighs 36-43 pounds for a 20×47 inch size.
I think that’s a great idea because even repair shops don’t always have specialized tools that Apple designed to hold devices firmly in place, apply even pressure, etc. These tools sometimes need to be molded to the exact shape of the device and are only available from Apple.
Interestingly, ill-equipped repair shops can even nullify these phones’ original waterproofing and pose a significant risk on that front.
Similarly, replaced displays usually need to be calibrated, and some repair shops may not have the proper equipment or knowledge.
Overall, this is a positive move for customers, especially those who don’t live near a repair center. In urban centers, it’s fairly easy to go to an Apple Store for repairs. But if you’re far enough along, this program can get you out of a tight spot if you’re able to complete the repair as instructed.
Apple released one White paper with more detailsand you might want to read it before deciding whether self-repair is appropriate for the situation.
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