Now, Apple’s giving you the chance to fix your own Apple device, be it an iPhone or a Mac. But is it really all that it’s cracked up to be?
Starting today, Apple customers in the US have the opportunity to repair their own devices through the Self Service Repair Store. Owners of iPhone SE, iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 can get original parts like display, battery or camera as well as others tools and Apple manuals to bypass the company repair teams.
Later this year, the service will be available for Macs, too.
How To Fix Your iPhone via Service Repair Store
How does the new service work? Well, you have full access to either a kit of tools that can be rented on a weekly basis or individual tools that are for sale. The rental kit is $49/week.
How much will that cost you? Not as little as you may think. Although repairing your own devices might feel like a great deal (instead of relying on Apple’s men), an iPhone 13 Pro display repair bundle will set you back $269. A battery fix will cost you $71, a couple bucks more than if you’d have gone through the conventional method.
However, this might pay off if you are diligent with your old components and you take them back to Apple for recycling.
In that case, you can get about $24 (battery repair) back, so you’d actually save a few dollars.
If you wanna give it a go, you have to:
1. Read the repair manual first.
2. Order your parts and tools. You’ll see that parts are tied to the IMEI number of your device.
3. Go over the manual and fix your device accordingly. You may need a System Configuration afterwards, if the manual indicates it.
4. Take your old parts to Apple for recycling and hopefully receive credit for them.