Apple's Self Service Repair program is finally accessible in the United States after a lengthy wait. Suppose you have an iPhone 12, 13, or third-generation iPhone SE. In that case, you may buy critical parts (such as Apple batteries, cameras, and screens) from a specialized store and follow official repair guides while repairing a device yourself. If you'd prefer not to buy tools you're unlikely to use frequently, you can rent a toolbox for $49 for a week.
Later this year, the initiative will be expanded to additional nations, beginning with Europe. Parts, instructions, and tools for Macs will also have to be obtained later. Those kits will be limited to Macs with Apple silicon, so you're out of luck if you need to fix an Intel-based machine.
The announcement is made in conjunction with a white paper outlining Apple's growing service strategy. According to the firm, it has "almost doubled" the size of its repair network, and eight out of ten of its American clients live within 20 minutes of an approved repair provider. It also explained design and repair decisions, such as the reliance on official components (to ensure privacy and security) and the lack of schematics for board-level repairs. According to Apple, board repairs are "best accomplished" by experts who can provide high-quality, consistent outcomes.
The Self Service program directly reacts to growing calls to implement Right to Repair rules. In the United States, both federal and state governments have implemented or proposed Right to Repair legislation. There is also rising support from ordinary customers, and stolen documents reveal that Apple has debated its often difficult-to-fix products. The program, in theory, lessens the motivation to enact repair-friendly laws and may soften public disapproval overall.
As it stands, the landscape of do-it-yourself has shifted. Google and Samsung are creating their self-service repair options, while firms such as Valve are already designing goods with repair (if not always by consumers) in mind. As long as you're technically inclined, there's a good chance you won't have to entrust future repairs to someone else.