Apple is one of the companies that over time has tried as much as possible to limit the possibilities of repairs at home or in unauthorized centers. Recently, the company blocked the replacement of screens by blocking the Face ID functionality on a screen other than the original one, but after online criticism, Apple representatives announced that they will remove this limitation. Just days after this news, an even more unexpected announcement comes: Apple is launching the Self Service Repair program, which will allow users to order original components and tools needed to repair devices at home.
Users will be able to order components and tools for iPhone home repairs
In a completely uncharacteristic move for Apple, the company promises that from 2022 it will offer (for the beginning) users in the United States the opportunity to repair their mobile devices at home, without resorting to an authorized or independent service. The company will provide users with components such as screens, batteries or camera systems for iPhones and will deliver along with parts all the necessary, original tools to perform the operation.
Furthermore, the Self Service Repair program will provide you with all the necessary instructions, in text format, to complete the necessary operation.
This is not the first step that Apple is taking in this direction, but it is certainly the one that will have the greatest impact. Previously, the company allowed independent services to enroll in a program through which they could order the same type of original components, which they cannot officially buy from other sources.
The first devices that can be repaired at home in this program are the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13. The components will be available from early 2022 in the US, and over time, their availability will be extended to several countries by the end of the year. Apple promises to provide over 200 types of components and tools to enable the most common repairs for these phones.
After the iPhone, Apple will also add Mac computers with M1 processors to the Self Service Repair program
After iPhones, the next computers to be included in the Apple Self Service Repair program are Mac computers with “on-board” M1 processors that will receive similar treatment.
However, it is not clear how much all these components will cost, but, being Apple, they will certainly not be cheap. For most users, using an authorized service will still be the safest method of repair, but Apple now wants to allow people who manage to repair their devices at home to do so without artificial limitations.
“Providing access to genuine Apple components gives our customers more freedom to choose when repairs are needed.”, a declarat Jeff Williams, COO Apple. “In the last three years, Apple has doubled the number of services with access to original Apple components, tools and training, and now we offer an option for those who want to make their own repairs. ”
Source: Go4IT by www.go4it.ro.
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