A right to repair advocate praises Apple’s early efforts, but says the company still wants too much control

Announced in the fall of last year, Apple's Self Service Repair program officially went live in the United States earlier today. For the most part, Apple has seen a lot of praise for the new effort, giving at least a little bit more control to the device owner when it comes to self service repair. However, there are some things to be aware of, and at least one advocate believes Apple's still leveraging its own power a bit too much.

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Tim Cook says it ‘feels good’ to offer parts and manuals for self-service repair options

Apple's marketing illustration for the Self Service Repair program

For what feels like the longest time, Apple has been pushing back against the idea of self-service repairs for its products. The arguments have varied, but the more consistent ones have been about user safety and wanting to make sure that the repairs get done properly. Basically, "keep it for the experts" and call it good. But, that viewpoint has changed, and now Apple's CEO is making some public comments on the matter.

Apple will publish self-service repair manuals on its support site

Apple's marketing illustration for the Self Service Repair program

On November 17, 2021, Apple announced its own self-service repair program. This is designed specifically around the right-to-repair movement, a response to so many demands out there in the wild that owners of iPhones and iPads and Macs (and other devices) be allowed to repair their own devices without voiding any warranties. It's a way of thinking Apple hasn't subscribed to for quite some time, but it finally came around.

Are you going to be repairing your own Apple devices?

Apple's marketing illustration for the Self Service Repair program

Apple has the unenviable task of always being under the spotlight. It's just one of the things that comes with being a company like Apple. (Though, some other large companies seem to avoid the same microscopes. But that's a different topic for a different day.) So, it isn't surprising in the slightest that the company gets some major pushback for the public statements it makes -- especially when it about faces on the matter at some point down the road.