Apple is launching today Self Service Repair, a new online store providing repair manuals and genuine parts for its latest iPhones. The service is launching in the US today with more European markets to follow later this year.
“The new online store offers more than 200 individual parts and tools, enabling customers who are experienced with the complexities of repairing electronic devices to complete repairs on the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 lineups and iPhone SE (3rd generation), such as the display, battery, and camera,” Apple explained today.
Apple customers in the US who want to access Self Service Repair will first need to review the repair manual for the product they want to repair before they can order the necessary parts on the Apple Self Service Repair Store. The company says that the tools available are the same used by professionals in Apple’s repair network, and customers who don’t want to purchase tools can also rent kits for $49.
Apple already has a solid network of 5,000 Apple Authorized Service Providers that are qualified to repair its devices, but the company is starting to acknowledge the growing influence of the right to repair movement. The company also published a paper today to detail its efforts for increasing access to repairs.
Apple’s Self Service Repair program will be expanded to Apple Silicon Macs later this year, the company said today. Earlier this month, Google also announced that it had teamed up with iFixit to offer official spare parts for Pixel phones later this year. However, if Apple’s Self Service Repair program only covers iPhone models released since 2020, Google and iFixit will offer repair parts for all Pixel devices starting with the Pixel 2 from 2017.