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Apple will offer you iPhone parts so you can fix it yourself at home

By Aswin Kumar

Apple is allowing iPhones and Macs to be repaired at home. The company intends to begin selling parts and tools, as well as instructions for repairing Apple gadgets at home, rather than needing to take them to a store or a third-party repair shop. Apple intends to launch the iPhone 12 and 13 first, followed by Macs with M1 processors. Initially, you’ll be able to change the iPhone’s display, battery, and camera using Apple-supplied parts, with further options coming later.

This is a significant turnaround for Apple, which has previously opposed the right-to-repair movement and any repairs performed outside of its own stores. Even this week, Apple reversed software that stopped users from using Face ID if they updated their own screen.

Apple is dubbing the tool “Self Service Repair,” and it will debut in the United States “early next year” before expanding to other nations. The service is solely for “individual technicians with the knowledge and experience to repair electronic devices,” according to the business, and most customers should still seek professional help. However, Apple is now providing an option for users who are comfortable performing the repair themselves. Importantly, according to TechCrunch, performing these repairs yourself would not breach a gadget’s warranty, albeit you may damage your device in the process.

The modification also aids Apple’s position in the repair procedure. Apple already has a program to sell “genuine” parts to third-party repair shops, and today’s announcement makes it even more likely that customers will buy full-priced Apple parts — parts that won’t trip off iPhone systems that try to prevent the use of components that weren’t bought from Apple — rather than looking for aftermarket options in the few cases where that’s possible.

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The decision was applauded by iFixit, the go-to resource for DIY repair parts and instructions, but it came with a slew of limitations. According to Elizabeth Chamberlain, iFixit’s director of sustainability, Apple’s decision is “a remarkable concession to our collective competency” and refutes many of Apple and other firms’ arguments against right to repair. However, Chamberlain points out that this isn’t “the open-source repair revolution we’ve sought through our fight for the right to repair” because it looks to continue to maintain restrictions that force users to buy components directly from Apple.

Apple aims to sell “more than 200 individual parts and tools,” according to the company. Customers will be able to study repair instructions before purchasing parts from the company.

The cost of the parts and tools has yet to be determined. Customers can get a recycling credit if they return their used part after completing a repair, according to Apple.

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