WTF?! Last November, the company announced that it would be selling selected parts to private individuals from the beginning of this year. On Wednesday, Apple launched a “Self Repair” program in the United States, but take a look before you jump. It will probably cost you more than taking it to a service.

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The program is still somewhat limited. Apple currently only sells batteries, bottom speakers, cameras, displays, and SIM card trays to US customers. In addition, parts are limited to only five iPhone models – iPhone 12, 12 mini, 12 Pro, 12 Pro Max, and iPhone 13. However, Apple says that plans to expand service to other countries, with Mac M1 parts available later this year.

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Repairs often require special tools to get the job done. Customers can buy them right away, but with items such as a display press and a heated display remover. price over $200, most visitors will want rent $49 tool kit if they don’t plan on starting a repair business.

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Each rental tool kit is custom-tailored by phone model and contains all the hardware needed for any supported repair. The tools are quite heavy, with kits weighing around 79 pounds.

Apple is targeting parts and tools for skilled professionals, but doesn’t limit people who think they can handle the task of DIY iPhone repair to buying and renting supplies.

Apple offers repair guides and other resources for free for those unfamiliar with the internals of the iPhone. The company strongly encourages customers to read the appropriate repair manual before biting off more than they can chew. Obviously, Apple will not be held responsible for poor quality repairs, broken tools, or parts damaged by a customer.

All that said, there is one caveat. Apple says it sells parts to individual customers for the same price it sells them to authorized service centers, but cost analysis for parts and tools shows that there’s actually no cost savings compared to having Apple do this task. In fact, do-it-yourself repairs cost as much or even more than letting Apple do it.

For example, an Apple battery replacement costs $69 for customers who are out of warranty. Doing it yourself requires a battery and a set of screws. This package is $69 for the iPhone 12 and 13 and $49 for the iPhone SE, not including tools (the battery press is $115). More expensive repairs will save you some money, but only if you already have the tools.

Apple charges $279 to replace the iPhone 13 screen. To do it yourself, you’ll need an iPhone 13 display kit which costs $270, though Apple will refund $33.60 if you return the broken screen for recycling, for a net worth of $236.40 dollar. However (and this is the main point), if you don’t have repair equipment, you will have to rent a $49 toolkit, which brings the cost back to $285.40 – about $16 more than you would pay Apple to do the job.

So while it’s nice that Apple weakening his policy, which had previously outlawed home renovations entirely, made it too expensive to be practical. With enough pressure, this self-repair program will hopefully be more practical in the future. Until then, this is nothing more than window dressing for the Right to Repair movement.