Apple also offers a self-repair service for MacBooks: all the details

Apple is now extending its self-repair service to MacBook users. The company launched this unique program with iPhones earlier this year, and now MacBook users have the ability to repair their machines at home using genuine Apple tools.

Apple will begin selling genuine parts and service tools from August 23.

The company launches the self-repair program for the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro with the M1 chipset. Apple will offer the tools which can be purchased or rented for one-time use by paying $49 (Rs 3,920 approx).

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The self-repair program is part of Apple seeking to comply with Right to Repair regulations in the United States and is likely to expand to parts of Europe.

Apple launched the iPhone self-repair program, and then other brands followed suit. Samsung and Google have also launched similar initiatives, but the impact is yet to be seen. Apple’s iPhone self-repair program has been criticized for offering expensive tools and high-end parts exclusively available from the company.

Apple said it will expand the program to more countries throughout 2022, which means the Apple Self Service Repair program could come to India later in 2022.

Apple has long been a target of right-to-repair advocates because of its practice of locking down its software so that parts are encoded on a specific device. Some repair attempts, such as replacing a broken original screen with a screen manufactured by a third party, have rendered the phones unusable.

There are limits to the changes made by Apple, but this is still considered a milestone. But there are problems with the program. Apple offers its own set of tools for a 7-day rental at $49, and consumers can only use Apple-approved parts. The tool kit contains a wide range of equipment, which might not be needed for repairs all the time.

Apple even wants to track spare parts in circulation, ensuring that iPhones used for repair are legitimate, unless it’s more than happy to de-verify the device for such repairs.

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Daniel C. Williams