Apple has announced a “self-service repair” programme so “customers who are comfortable” can fix their own devices.
Apple announced a “new program designed to let users perform common repairs on devices at home.” It’s called Self Service Repair, and, frankly, it’s a bit weird to digest such consumer-friendly news from a megacorp. In early 2022 in the US, it will cover replacing the batteries, screens and cameras of recent iPhones. But Apple’s new repair store will sell more than 200 parts and tools. It comes after months of increasing pressure on Apple from the grassroots right-to-repair movement, which wants individuals and independent repair shops to be able to fix electronics.

“Now, with renewed governmental interest in repair markets – and soon after notably bad press… Apple has found unexpected interest in letting people fix the things they own.” Apple said the Self Service Repair programme would allow individual customers to “join more than 5,000 Apple authorised service providers and 2,800 independent repair providers who have access to these parts, tools, and manuals”.

It had been expanding its authorised repair network, so access to official parts “has nearly doubled” in the past three years, it said.

The right-to-repair movement has attracted much attention in recent years, with several US states considering “fair repair” legislation.

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