iFixit has criticized Apple’s recently introduced self-repair program for MacBooks, saying it makes MacBooks look less repairable. Apple has recently opened its repair program for professional users to include MacBooks, while iFixit has had guides for multiple MacBook models for a while now.
In a new blog post, iFixit says that Apple’s process is potentially intimidating for users who want to officially fix their own MacBooks. The length and complexity of Apple’s guides seems to be the issue here, prompting a response from noted repairability champions.
iFixit says Apple’s approach is too complicated for easy-fix movement
iFixit has been a champion of auto repair with its many accompanying tools and guides. Apple has taken a fair amount of blame for the lack in this department. However, iFixit has raised Apple’s repairability scores for publishing manuals. However, the company says that might not have been the right move, as these new manuals are a step backwards.
One example iFixit cites is the battery replacement guide for the 14″ MacBook Pro, one of the best Macs you can get right now, which is only 26 steps if you follow iFixit’s version. On the other hand, Apple’s documentation is 162 pages long. iFixit says that aside from the price of parts, storage for tools, and a 14-day window to complete the repair seems like a lot of work.
iFixit also criticized Apple for making battery replacement much more difficult, given that they are the most degradable component in most portable devices. He also noted that Apple appears to be pushing case replacement over individual part replacement in some cases, driving up the cost of repair to an unreasonable amount.
This is not the best aspect for Apple, which seems to be making an effort to take the correct position on the right to repair.