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Apple's service revolution: How will repairing an iPhone or MacBook change?

Apple has increasingly liberalised repair options in recent years. Until now, only authorised or approved independent service centres have been able to carry out repairs, but the number is growing. However, thanks to the new Right to Repair rules, starting early next year, anyone will be able to repair their device. 

Apple Self-Service Repair

This news will make servicing Apple devices much more accessible to everyone. Genuine Apple parts and service manuals will not only be available to selected service centres but will also be accessible to any owner. The right to repair also means that, as long as you follow all proper procedures, you won't void your Apple warranty prematurely. 

Right to repair starting next year 

Apple is launching this unique programme in the United States early this year 2022, with a rolling roll-out to every other country in the world. The self-repair option will initially be available for the iPhone 12 and 13 models, as well as Macs with the M1 chip. 

Apple spare parts available for everyone 

Self-help repairs will work as follows:

  1. If something goes wrong on your device, the first thing you should do is read the "Repair manual", which will be available directly on Apple's website. This will help you identify the cause of the fault and it will also list the necessary spare parts or tools you need to make repairs at home. 
  2. Next, you'll visit our new dedicated online store for Genuine Apple Parts, where you'll be able to order branded components and gadgets.

Initially, more than 200 parts and tools will be available for the most common battery, camera, and display repairs. The portfolio of available repairs will expand over time. When the parts arrive at your home, you should be able to handle the repair without too much hassle thanks to clear instructions. You can send old components back for recycling, and Apple will send you credit towards your next purchase. 

Is it worth repairing a MacBook or iPhone yourself? 

Of course, to be able to repair your equipment yourself, you should have some repair skills. If you mess something up, it can be more complicated to claim an iPhone or other Apple device afterwards. Thus, performing do-it-yourself repairs is recommended only for people who are at least somewhat knowledgeable about technology and electronics. 

If you don't want to take any chances and don't have the time to repair your Apple device yourself, it's always better to leave it in the hands of professionals. At our branches in Slovakia, trained technicians with years of experience will take care of the quick and expert repair of your iPhone or MacBook, often on the spot. 

Images and information source: apple.com

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