Toolkits can also be Rented
Apple’s Self Service Repair program is now accessible in the United States after several months of development. You may buy critical parts (like as batteries, cameras, and screens) from a specialized store and reference official repair manuals while repairing an iPhone 12, iPhone 13, or third-generation iPhone SE. If you’d prefer not buy tools you’re unlikely to use often, you can rent a toolkit for $49 for a week.
Later this year, the initiative will expand to other countries, beginning with Europe. Parts, manuals, and tools for Macs will also have to wait until later. You won’t be able to fix an Intel-based machine with those kits because they’ll only work on Macs with Apple silicon.
The announcement is accompanied by a white paper outlining Apple’s service expansion strategy. The corporation stated that its repair network had “almost doubled,” and that eight out of ten of its American clients resided within 20 minutes of an approved repair provider. It also explained why certain design and repair decisions were made, such as the emphasis on official parts (to safeguard privacy and security) and the lack of schematics for board-level repairs. Apple claims that board repairs are “best performed” by experts who can deliver high-quality, consistent outcomes.
The Self-Service project is a direct response to growing pressure to implement Right-to-Repair legislation. Both federal and state officials in the United States have adopted or proposed Right to Repair legislation. Customers are also becoming more vocal, and stolen emails reveal that Apple has had internal discussions about its sometimes difficult-to-fix products. The scheme, in theory, lowers the motivation for lawmakers to support repair-friendly laws, potentially softening public outcry.
The landscape of do-it-yourself has shifted as a result. Companies like Valve are already developing goods with repair (albeit not always by customers) in mind, while Google and Samsung are launching their own self-repair options. If you’re technically inclined, there’s a good chance you won’t have to entrust future repairs to anyone else.