Back in April, Apple launched an independent repair program for iPhone, according to the rules of which the user could do some operations with his own hands, instead of contacting service centers. However, this is a task exclusively for enthusiasts, because as it turned out, this is not a simple and expensive service for the average user.
Now the company has expanded the program by adding several laptop models to the iPhone list. Yes, manipulations with MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro 2020, as well as 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro 2021 will be allowed.
You can repair the display, battery, trackpad, Touch ID fingerprint scanner, speakers, or audio card. You can also independently replace the upper or lower parts of the case, as well as the entire motherboard. Prices start at $5 for a few cogs, and the entire motherboard will cost around $580. The sound card and speakers cost $12 and $29, respectively.
According to the company, the prices for the parts are as a bulk cost (per 5,000 units) for authorized service providers.
It should also be remembered that such prices can be obtained by returning a non-working item to Apple. In this way, Apple can continue to put some parts into operation, and also maintains some sort of order (thanks to the correct disposal of finally “dead” components).
And this is a significant discount, because, for example, the motherboard will cost three times more if you don’t hand in the old one. It also minimizes the risk of receiving the wrong part for replacement. However, there are currently no clarifications regarding the warranty for self-service.
As with the iPhone, Apple will provide the same tools that its own service providers use. For the iPhone, they give a huge suitcase with a large repair kit. It will be easier with laptops, but in any case, the user is not left to his own devices. There will also be everything necessary for replacement. Although renting tools will cost an additional $49.
As always, Apple’s response to legislative changes that provide for the right of users to self-repair (in the US) was very original. On the one hand, the user can now really fix something on his own. On the other hand, a complex repair, its cost and banal logic will still lead the user to the service center.