In 2022, Apple implemented a repair program “do it yourself” for branded equipment, such as iPhones and MacBooks. Now this program expands, covering more models.
The customer receives a kit of tools and original parts (such as a screen and battery) to make the change at home.
Unfortunately, this service is still only available in a few countries in Europe and the United States.
Effective June 21, 2023, the company is expanding the program to include repair options for several new devices, including the iPhone 14 and models selected from MacBooks e Macs.
The new Devices eligible for the Do It Yourself Repair Program are:
- iPhone 14
- 13-inch MacBook Air M2
- MacBook Pro com M2 Pro e M2 Max
- certain models of Mac desktops with M1
Furthermore, the camera True Depth for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 models, as well as the upper speaker for the same models, can now also be repaired with the kit.
Apple points out that these repair options will be available at launch in the United States, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
While it’s unclear if this is a complete list of newly qualified devices, it’s important to note that the brand-new 15-inch MacBook Air is not yet included.
In addition to expanding the range of eligible devices, Apple is also improving its software tools to make the repair process easier.
The most significant improvement is the System Configuration post-repair software tool which ensures genuine Apple parts have been installed correctly and are working properly.
Users will now be able to run the application without having to contact repair support themselves, although the team will remain available to assist if needed.
What can be repaired?
The repair kit allows the user to replace the following parts on an iPhone himself:
- bottom speaker
- SIM tray
- Taptic Engine
The price is individual for each tool that the user decides to buy. On the official site, you can see all the options.
For example, the thermal equipment to remove the iPhone 13 Pro screen costs US $246.
a controversial program
While expanding the self-repair program is an attempt by Apple to make its devices more repairable, critics argue that the program still presents significant challenges.
The cost of replacement parts and the complexity of repairs can make the program unfeasible for casual users.
Still, it is undeniable that this initiative represents a step in the right direction, allowing Apple device owners to have more control over the repair of their devices.