Apple has finally made it possible for users who claim the “right to repair” to offer “Self Service Repair”, allowing them to tamper with their electronic devices at home instead of bringing them to known service centers.
The feature is called “self-repair” and is scheduled to be launched “early next year” in the US before expanding to other countries. Apple is expected to provide about 200 parts, as well as instructions on how to replace them.
Initially, the company will provide repairs for iPhone 12 and 13, followed by Mac devices equipped with M1 chips.
Users will be able to replace the phone screen, battery, camera and some old parts that stopped working; Using original equipment from the company.
While Apple only encourages “individual technicians with the knowledge and experience to repair electronic devices” and urges users to take their devices to a professional before opening them themselves; The new service marks a major step for the company so that users can replace the battery.
This is a major shift from a company that has historically been resistant to the Right to Repair movement and any repairs that occur outside of its stores.
Doing these repairs yourself will not void your device warranty, although it is still possible to damage your device in the process.
Huge transformation from Apple
The change also helps solidify Apple’s position in the reform process. The company has a program of selling original spare parts to third-party repair shops.
The new announcement is likely to make customers buy Apple’s full-priced parts. So rather than looking for aftermarket options in limited circumstances where that may be possible.
iFixit celebrated the move, but noted that it came with significant caveats. “Apple’s decision is a major concession and invalidates many of the arguments the company and other companies have made against the right to repair. But this step is not the open-source repair revolution that we sought through the right to repair, because it supports the limitations that require purchasing parts directly from Apple,” she said.
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After displaying repair instructions and spare parts for the iPhone 12 and 13, the company will gradually expand the capabilities of users to repair their phones themselves without having to wait in line at the Apple Store.
Until this week, Apple had been preventing users from repairing their own phones, and users who had replaced their own screens from using Face ID from now on.
However, the different departments seem to be coordinating among themselves, as users will get a recycling credit to return the used or broken part after the repair is completed.”
The decision to open up Apple’s “right to repair” may not be entirely; The Federal Trade Commission wrote to the company earlier this year pledging to “address illegal reform restrictions,” adding that it would also be “willing to work with lawmakers, both at the state and federal levels, to ensure that consumers have choices when they need to.” to fix the products they buy and own.”