Do you have an iPhone in need of repair? Now you have the choice to fix it yourself.
On Wednesday, Apple launched Self Service Repair Programallowing consumers to purchase the parts they need to repair their devices.
The program covers the iPhone 12, iPhone 13, and the latest iPhone SE, but Apple plans to expand it to other devices, including Mac models with Apple chips.
Before consumers can even order the parts they need, they must review the manual detailing the repair. Consumers can repair smartphone parts, including the display, battery, and camera.
After reading the manual, consumers then go to a dedicated store on Apple’s website to order the parts they need. Consumers can also rent tool kits for $49 if they plan on doing a single repair.
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When Apple introduced the program in November last year.The company emphasized that the repair is intended for consumers with experience in electronics repair.
“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,” the company said in a statement.
Last month, Samsung said it would roll out a similar program for customers to fix their Galaxy S20 and S21 and Galaxy Tab S7+ devices.
The new initiatives come amid increased efforts to support the right of consumers to have their devices repaired. Last July, the Federal Trade Commission unanimously passed a policy statement in support of the right to repair, including tougher enforcement and potentially new regulations.
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