Look at the repair manual: 32 types of screws for a MacBook Pro

Apple now also allows automatic repair of M1 laptops. The published Manuals contain some surprising details.

Starting this week, Apple’s consumer repair program also includes certain post-iPhone Mac models: M1-series MacBook Air and MacBook Pro (13-, 14-, and 16-inch) machines receive parts that anyone can buy.

In line with this, the group now has official repair manuals for the featured M1 laptops. They are usually available for free download without registration and are available for MacBook Air M1, MacBook Pro M1 13-inch, MacBook Pro M1 Max/M1 Pro 14-inch, and MacBook Pro M1 Max/M1 Pro 16-inch. In terms of content, they offer some interesting insights that Apple fans haven’t gotten before.

14-inch MBP Example: As an overview shows, Apple uses a total of 32 different types of screws throughout the computer. In order not to confuse them, the group names each one along with the size of screwdriver needed. The Torx variants are mainly installed, but also the hated proprietary Pentalope screws. But now there are easily suitable lathes on the market for them, also Apple now sells or rents them itself. The official repair kit with various other components can be used for a total of seven days for US$50.

Apple itself does not have all the equipment needed for certain repairs at its parts store. The group recommends a fireproof safe to stay safe when changing the battery. This should be ready to record Mac and battery in case of thermal events, which can happen, for example, if cells are accidentally punctured when swapping. The company also recommends providing plenty of sand to put out a fire.

To prevent such cases from occurring, the company does not offer the battery individually to private repairers. Instead, it is offered with the entire top case and even the keyboard. However, the price is raised to US$530; it will be 440 dollars if you send the old trunk again. Still, a first look at the repair offer looks like what you already know from the iPhone version of the program: replacement parts aren’t cheap, and if you add the labor time and “nerve” that can go into repair, In many cases, it is more worth sending it to Apple than doing the hardware yourself.

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