Unusual move: Apple announced last night that it would allow its customers to repair their iPhones themselves. This is a rather surprising decision, as so far Apple has used to aggravate the issue of repairing the devices by parties that are not authorized by it. Among other things, it was recently revealed that users who replace a screen for an iPhone 13 in an unauthorized laboratory will no longer be able to use the FaceID mechanism.
According to the company’s official announcement, this will be implemented early next year, when the first devices will be the iPhone 12 and 13 models. The company listed the hundreds of parts that are included in the program.
The program – known as Self Service Repair – will allow users to order hundreds of different parts, to which an official guide will be attached. The program will be launched early next year, initially in the US, with the components to be provided initially being cameras, monitors and batteries – for the iPhone 12 and 13 series only.
However, there is a significant asterisk – since according to Apple the best way to repair the device is by experienced technicians with the relevant knowledge. The announcement reads: “For the vast majority of customers, visiting a professional repair provider with qualified technicians using genuine Apple parts is the safest and most reliable way.” They did not specify whether this might void the manufacturer’s warranty.
Apple also stated that customers who managed to repair the devices themselves and return the parts – will receive a credit for the next purchase at Apple.