Apple launches self-repair service for MacBooks: check the details

Tech giant Apple is ready to extend its self-repair service to its MacBook users. Apple launched this unique initiative with iPhones earlier this year and has similar plans for MacBook users who now have the ability to repair their machines at home using genuine Apple tools.

Apple is rolling out genuine parts and service tools starting today. Tech giant launches self-repair program for MacBook Air and MacBook Pro with M1 chipset. These tools are reportedly offered by Apple and can be purchased or rented for one-time use for $49, or approximately 3,920.

This Apple self-repair program is part of the company’s policy to comply with right-to-repair regulations in the United States and likely extends to parts of Europe.

As a reminder, the tech giant launched the iPhone self-repair program, which was later followed by other brands as well. Google and Samsung came up with similar initiatives but failed to create any visible impact. Additionally, the iPhone self-repair program has been widely criticized for offering expensive tools and high-end parts that are exclusive and available through the company.

Apple’s self-repair programs are expected to expand to India soon, as Apple announces that it will expand the program to other countries throughout 2022.

In the United States, right-to-repair advocates have long targeted Apple over 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, rendered these Apple phones unusable and created problems for users.

There are still some issues with the plans. The tech giant offers its own set of tools to repair Apple phones and laptops for a $49 seven-day rental and consumers can only use company-approved parts. This tool kit is expensive, even for rental purposes, and contains a wide range of equipment that might not be needed at all for repairs.

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Daniel C. Williams