Apple now officially supports “do it yourself” (DIY) repairs for its devices especially its iPhones and Macs. This is after Right to Repair rulings forcing the tech giants to support DIY repairs by customers. Apple intends to start the new program with its iPhone 12 and 13 smartphones available to customers.
The tech company plans to sell “more than 200 individual parts and tools.” Although pricing isn’t available for these parts. Interestingly, the Cupertino based company plans to offer a recycling credit to customers who return the used parts from their devices.
This move was first popularised by a DIY fixing of a USB type C charging port by a student engineer. The first iPhone with USB type C was made possible by the DIY repair, also it allowed data transfer.
Thereafter, the DIY repair for iPhone screens actually displaced their face ID feature. Since then Robotics student Ken Pilloner has made the DIY repair procedure public. He however warned that users shouldn’t update their iPhone OS in order to continue USB charging.
The first iPhone with a USB Charging port has since sold for $86,000 on eBay. The recent ruling has made Apple publicly begin plans to start selling parts and tools and information on how to repair their devices at home.
Apple is calling this initiative the “Self Service Repair” program with plans to launch “early next year” in the US. There are plans to expand to other countries in the coming months.
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But there is a caveat, according to Apple this program applies majorly to “individual technicians with the knowledge and experience to repair electronic devices.” The company insists on customers going to professionals to fix their devices.
That doesn’t mean customers can’t repair their devices by themselves, although Apple won’t be issuing any device warrant for that. The parts sold by Apple are “genuine” and they won’t prevent any of their devices from malfunctioning, unlike other third-party parts.
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