US consumers can now buy spare iPhone parts from Apple to repair their device themselves. Five months after its surprise announcement, Apple has just opened its Self Service Repair Store in the United States, in other words its self-service repair shop.
After struggling for years against the right to repair, Apple finally offers its customers everything necessary to carry out common repairs. Its new store includes more than 200 spare parts and tools for iPhone 12, iPhone 13 and 3rd generation iPhone SE. The program will be extended later this year to Apple Silicon Macs and will be exported to other countries, including Europe.
The spare parts and tools sold are the same as those used in Apple Stores and the Apple Authorized Repair Network. Parts are sold to consumers at the same prices as to professional repairers. At the same time, Apple has just published free access to the repair manuals for the iPhones concerned by the program (iPhone SE 3, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 13, etc.).
For certain repairs, customers will be able to return used components and receive a purchase credit. An iPhone 12 battery replacement kit (battery, screws, and adhesives) costs $70.99, for example. By returning his used battery, we will obtain a credit of $24.15. Apple will also offer a $49 rental tool kit for customers who don’t want to buy multiple tools.
Before placing an order, customers must provide the serial number or IMEI number of their iPhone, as well as a six-digit code found in the repair manual. It’s a way for Apple to verify that the customer has read the instructions before playing the screwdriver.
For some components like the battery, customers will need to contact Apple by cat or by phone after component replacement to finalize the repair. Some operations require software checks.
The manufacturer repeats that for the vast majority of its customers, it always recommends going to the Apple Store or an authorized repairer in the event of a problem. This program is primarily intended for people comfortable with the repair of electronic devices. The fact remains that it is a monumental reversal of the situation in the maintenance policy of Apple, which had rather used until then to put sticks of Sunday handymen and independent repairers.