Apple will finally let you fix your own iPhone
Applewill finally enable iPhone, and eventually Mac, owners to repairtheir own devices.
- Beginning in early 2022, iPhone owners can buy replacement parts directly from Apple.
Starting next year, Apple will finally enable iPhone owners to repair their own devices.
Apple's "Self Service Repair" program, announced on Wednesday morning, will begin selling parts for the
The program is starting with the most commonly replaced iPhone parts: screens, batteries, and cameras. Additional components will become available "later next year," Apple said.
The move to sell replacement parts, which has been requested for years, is intended to give iPhone owners, "even more choice if a repair is needed," Apple COO Jeff Williams said. Still, Apple doesn't recommend the service for everyone.
"Self Service Repair is intended for individual technicians with the knowledge and experience to repair electronic devices," Apple's blog post said. "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."
Currently, if your iPhone or other Apple device breaks, the only way to get it fixed is by visiting an Apple Store, sending it to Apple, or going to an "Authorized Service Provider" (a third-party store that's been certified by Apple).
The move to add Self Service Repair is a bit of a surprise given Apple's history of lobbying against government initiatives around consumers rights to repair the devices they buy.
When President Biden signed an executive order recently regarding competition, which encourages the FTC to regulate companies attempting to stifle consumer rights to repair, a trade group that Apple belongs to railed against it.
"Allowing unvetted third parties with access to sensitive diagnostic information, software, tools, and parts would jeopardize the safety of consumers' computers, tablets, and devices and put them at risk for fraud and data theft," the statement from the trade group TechNet said.
The new Self Service Repair program will initially launch in the United States only, with additional territories expected to light up throughout 2022.
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