Apple’s self-repair service extends to MacBooks from Tuesday

Apple is expanding self-service repair to Mac laptops.

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Apple is expanding its self-service repair program to include some of its laptops, which means you’ll be able to do some repairs yourself.

Users of MacBook models with M1 chips, which include both MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, will be able to order certified parts, access repair manuals, and rent or purchase the tools needed to repair these devices starting Tuesday, 23 August, the company said. in a statement Monday.

Apple said customers will be able to do more than a dozen repairs themselves, including fixes for the trackpad, top case with battery, display and more. It will add additional repair options later.

Earlier this year, Apple launched the self-service repair program for the iPhone 12, iPhone SE, and iPhone 13 models. Adding select MacBooks to the program is part of the company’s plan to expand repair in self-service to all its products.

Apple said the program will expand to other countries, starting with Europe, and include other MacBook models later this year.

Apple’s decision to allow customers to repair their own devices comes as the “right to repair” movement has pressured US regulators to give consumers more control over their products.

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Customers can rent Apple tools for a week for $49 with free shipping if they’d rather not buy them outright. In some cases, customers can also get a credit for returning a replaced part for recycling.

Despite opening up the program, Apple said in its blog post that visiting a certified technician with genuine Apple parts is still the “safest and most reliable way to get repaired” for the “vast majority of customers who do not have experience in the repair of electronic devices”. .”

Daniel C. Williams