Finally, Apple is allowing DIY at-home repairs, providing users with tools and repair manuals. However, there is always a catch.
On Wednesday, Apple made the unexpected statement that it will begin allowing DIY repairs by offering consumers the components and equipment they need to repair their iPhones and Macs at home.
In Apple’s newsroom, Apple stated that the new Self Service Repair program will begin with components for the iPhone 12 and 13 models. Mac computers equipped with M1 CPUs coming shortly thereafter. The initiative is set to launch in the United States early next year. Then only plans to expand to other countries during 2022.
Apple stated that this program is for individuals who have the experience and knowledge in repairing electronic devices. But, Apple also advised customers to seek professionals allowing DIY solutions. This is a significant shift from the company’s long-standing resistance to the right-to-repair campaign.
Over the years, Apple has been fiercely protective of its monopoly on in-house product repairs. Imposing significant and devious restrictions on its independent repair partners, including hefty fines for using non-approved products and contractual audits during their time in the Independent Repair Program (IRP).
Apple backtracked on a screen repair trap
While the abrupt move to home repairs is shocking, there have been hints in recent weeks that Apple is shifting its position on-at-home repairs.
Only a week before announcing Self Service Repair, Apple notably backtracked on a screen repair trap that had bricked Face ID on the iPhone 13 unless a tiny microcontroller chip was properly transferred—a far-from-standard repair step that required the ability to micro solder, making the replacements all but cost-prohibitive for independent repair shops.
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