After years of facing protests from customers and activists, Apple finally launched a Self Service Repair program. Initially it was launched for the iPhone 12 and 13 lineup, with a promise to expand the program to more products with time. Finally, Apple has announced the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro notebooks, powered by the M1 chips will join the Self Repair program. The company also promises more Mac models will join the program later this year.
Customers who are experienced with the complexities of repairing electronic devices will be able to complete repairs on these Mac notebooks, with access to many of the same parts and tools available to Apple Store locations and Apple Authorized Service Providers.
As part of the service, Apple is going to offer many types of repairs for the MacBooks, including the display, top case with battery, trackpad, and more. All the tools and parts needed for the repairs above are now available in Apple Store locations and also at Apple Authorized Service Providers.
In case someone doesn’t want to buy tools for a single repair, Apple also offers rental kits for $49, with free shipping. This will get you access to a specified tool kit for a week. And before you start working on your broken laptop, Apple highly suggests reviewing the repair manual for the specific product first. You can find the manuals in this link, here.
Apple also allows you to send replaced parts back for recycling, so don’t throw those out during a repair. As an added bonus, Apple offers free credits in many cases. The Cupertino giant also plans to expand the service to more countries, beginning with Europe later this year.