Apple users can start fixing their own devices in 2022

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Apple is finally saving its users a trip to a Power Mac Center, plus thousands of pesos, as it is allowing them to fix their own iPhone or MacBook starting next year.

With Apple’s new program called Self Service Repair, customers can buy do-it-yourself kits with manuals and genuine Apple parts so they can perform the repairs at home.

“Creating greater access to Apple genuine parts gives our customers even more choice if a repair is needed,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer said in a blog post published November 17.

The tech giant said the program will cover out-of-warranty repairs on the iPhone12 and iPhone 13, and will later expand to recently released Mac computers powered by the company’s M1 chip. In addition, the initial phase will focus on the most commonly serviced modules, such as the iPhone display, battery, and camera.

As in any gadget, you can start repairing your own Apple device by first reading the repair manual. If you think it’s something you can take a crack at, you can proceed to place an order for the necessary parts and tools on the Apple Self Service Repair Online Store.

The company said the new store will offer more than 200 individual parts and tools at the same prices offered to authorized repair technicians.

“Self Service Repair is intended for individual technicians with the knowledge and experience to repair electronic devices. For the vast majority of customers, visiting a professional repair provider with certified technicians who use genuine Apple parts is the safest and most reliable way to get a repair,” Apple noted.

The program can provide considerable assistance to Apple users, given that the tech giant has since restricted access to tools and repair manuals to authorized technicians. It will roll out in the US early next year and expand to additional countries throughout 2022


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