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Apple is making it easier for you to fix your iPhone

We’ve been waiting for a long time.

words by: Sahar Khraibani
Dec 10, 2021

Apple has finally made it easier to repair your iPhone on your own. In an unexpected turn of events, the business will make instructions and tools for a number of its most popular gadgets freely available. Apple’s Self Service Repair program is such a pleasant surprise and in all honesty a financial relief.


The official announcement

In a recent announcement through their Newsroom, the company shared:

“Apple today announced Self Service Repair, which will allow customers who are comfortable with completing their own repairs access to Apple genuine parts and tools. Available first for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 lineups, and soon to be followed by Mac computers featuring M1 chips, Self Service Repair will be available early next year in the US and expand to additional countries throughout 2022. Customers join more than 5,000 Apple Authorized Service Providers (AASPs) and 2,800 Independent Repair Providers who have access to these parts, tools, and manuals. The initial phase of the program will focus on the most commonly serviced modules, such as the iPhone display, battery, and camera. The ability for additional repairs will be available later next year.”


Key takeaways

Apple users in the United States will be able to view repair manuals for iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 devices beginning early next year. After that, Mac computers with M1 chips will be available, and other nations will be able to participate in the program in 2022. You’ll also be able to order from a new Self Service Repair Store, which has over 200 components and equipment for simple fixes like replacing the iPhone display, battery, and camera. And, on top of that, you’ll get credit toward the repair if you return the used part for recycling.


It’s impossible to overstate how significant this is for Apple. Every step of the way, the company has resisted legislation and regulation, alleging that allowing users to repair their own gadgets would jeopardize their safety and security.


The Self Service Repair Store isn’t seen as a complete win by right-to-repair proponents, and there are still some unanswered questions about how it will work in practice. If the new system works in the same way as Apple’s existing Independent Repair Program—which already gives third-party technicians access to tools, parts, and manuals—you’ll be limited to using the specific Apple components you purchased for a repair rather than, say, a less expensive third-party display.


The majority of customers, according to Apple, are still better off seeing a professional technician. And many of its devices are difficult or impossible to repair — AirPods, for example, are “intended to be disposable.”


However, there are plenty of bright spots to be found. Independent repair shops will be allowed to use this program. In addition, according to the company’s release, it intends to incorporate “enhanced reparability” into its product design, presumably to make self-repairs easier.


You can see signs of that sensibility in the company’s newly updated 2021 MacBook Pro, which, in addition to a slew of ports, also has a much more changeable battery. It’s the kind of adjustment that not only makes it easier for customers to swap out a component but also allows them to go longer between upgrades.


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