Apple’s Self Service Repair program allows you to perform your own iPhone battery replacements, screen repairs and more using Apple parts, tools and manuals.
- Apple’s new Self Service Repair program lets you complete your own repairs
- It’s launching in the US next year before expanding elsewhere
- The program gives you access to genuine Apple parts, tools and manuals
Introducing Apple’s Self Service Repair program
“In the past three years, Apple has nearly doubled the number of service locations with access to Apple genuine parts, tools and training,”chief operating officer Jeff Williams was quoted as saying in the official announcement published on the Apple Newsroom. “And now, we’re providing an option for those who wish to complete their own repairs.”
So how is this going to work?
After reviewing a repair manual for your device, the company writes, you’ll then place an order for any genuine parts and tools required to complete the repair. Parts ordering happens through Apple’s Self Service Repair online store, which will offer 200+ individual parts and tools. Read: How to download files and documents to your iPhone
The program provides customers with access to not only genuine Apple parts but tools and manuals as well. Self Service Repair will debut for the iPhone 12 and 13 models. Mac computers powered by the company’s own M1 chips will follow at a later stage.
If you return your used part for recycling, Apple will give you credit toward your purchase.
The initiative is scheduled to launch officially in the United States in early 2022, expanding to additional countries throughout the year. At launch, customers will be able to complete the most common repairs of Apple devices, including iPhone batteries, displays and cameras.
The ability for additional repairs will be available later next year.
The right-to-repair movement has long criticized Apple for not only making its device difficult to repair but also refusing to release repair manuals and other relevant documents to the public. Before Apple’s change of heart, only authorized service providers and independent repair providers had access to these parts, tools and manuals.