Apple expands self-service repair shop to M1 MacBooks

Beginning August 23, Apple will begin selling official replacement parts for MacBooks through the company’s self-service repair store.

For now, replacement parts will only cover 2020 and 2021 MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models built with the company’s M1 Arm chips. The company has also not released the official price of any of the components yet.

However, Apple says it will provide “more than a dozen different repair types for each model, including display, top case with battery, and touchpad, with more to come.” Additionally, customers will be able to borrow a $49 rental kit that contains all the tools needed to make the repairs.

“Customers can send replaced parts to Apple for refurbishment and recycling, and in many cases receive credit for their purchase by doing so,” Apple said in the announcement.

The self-service store launched in April for US customers primarily as a way to fix broken iPhones. But the company plans to expand the store to the European market and add replacement parts for more Mac models later this year.

On paper, the convenience store looks like a victory for the right-to-repair movement. Over the years, Apple has developed a reputation for charging exorbitant prices to repair iPhones and MacBooks. However, the company’s self-service store is not for casual consumers. Instead, Apple says it’s primarily intended for customers with experience repairing electronic devices. Therefore, you will need to be comfortable using some complex and heavy tools. Replacement parts for the iPhone can also range from $70 for a battery to $270 for a screen.

Still, interested customers can start their order by visiting the online self-service repair store or by going to Apple’s support page to start the process. Otherwise, the company suggests that consumers use its authorized repair services to fix their Apple devices.

“For the vast majority of customers who are inexperienced in repairing electronic devices, visiting a professional repair provider with certified technicians using genuine Apple parts is the safest and most reliable way to get a repair,” Cupertino added.

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.