Right to repair: Apple will finally let you fix your broken iPhone at home


Shated your iPhone screen again? Battery on the fritz? Camera lens cracked?

Soon you might be able to skip a visit to that rough mall repair store and fix it yourself… without an unnecessarily high bill.

Apple announcement On Wednesday, it is launching Self Service Repair, a program starting in 2022 in the United States that will allow people to use Apple-approved parts and manuals to do DIY repairs on certain devices. At first it will only include support for iPhone 12s, iPhone 13s and Macs with M1 chips, but the company promises to expand access over time.

Apple has warned that the self-service repair is “intended for individual technicians with the knowledge and experience to repair electronic devices,” not for hobbyists. Those practical and courageous enough to attempt a home repair are encouraged to consult the manual for the damaged product, order tools and parts through the Apple Self-Service Repair online store, and return used parts for credit.

There are no pricing details yet, but DIY patches will likely be cheaper than the $ 279 you will have to pay to have your screen repaired in a Genius Bar.

Apple’s decision is not just a change from its previous policies, which until 2019 limited sanctioned repair options to Apple stores and authorized service providers. It is also part of a larger ‘Right to Repair’ campaign, which aims to ‘give every consumer and small business access to the parts, tools and service information they need. to repair products so we can continue to use and reduce waste, ”according to the US Public Interest Research Group website.

Basically, the argument is that people shouldn’t have to take a defective item back to the original company or an official partner repair shop – and pay big bucks – to get it fixed.

It’s not just phones. Campaigners often cite agricultural equipment and medical devices as examples of products that have encountered restrictive repair rules. A few years ago the practical iFixit website mocked against a previous version of Microsoft’s Surface Laptop, calling it a “glue-filled monstrosity” which is not “scalable or long-lasting” since “it literally cannot be opened without destroying it.” (A more recent version of the computer would be a improvement.)

President Joe Biden signed a Executive Decree in July, urging the Federal Trade Commission to enact rules against anti-competitive policies that prohibit consumers from using third-party repair shops or attempting to repair products themselves. Soon after, the FTC engaged to take action. States have also tackled the right to reparation, 40 state legislatures have addressed the issue since 2018.

Either way, Apple’s announcement is good news for anyone getting ready to receive new technology for the holidays – assuming the supply chain behaves, ie.

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