Apple launches MacBook self-repair program

Apple announced yesterday that it will be adding spare parts for its M1 MacBook Air and Pro laptops. Now the store is back online after a brief maintenance period, and it now offers trackpads, screens, batteries, and other spare parts to fix your own computer.

This creation of the Self Service Repair Shop is long overdue. Apple’s repair program was announced late last year, and the store officially opened earlier this year with repair parts for recent iPhone models.

For the iPhone SE, 12, and 13, you can get batteries, screens, cameras, and a few other spare parts. Apple also offered the option of purchasing or renting the first-party tools needed to complete the repair to Apple’s specifications. The repair manuals offered with the devices were extremely detailed for the spare parts available. One of the best parts of the service was the ability to rent all the tools needed to fix your device for $49. For all the tools it offers, it’s a really good deal, even if you don’t save a lot of money by having it fixed by Apple.

Now, the self-service repair store offers spare parts for the M1 MacBook Air and M1 MacBook Pro models. And Apple offers a wide variety of replacement parts through the self-service repair program — from keycaps, fans, and speakers to Touch ID, display, and motherboard in all its varieties at starting from the base model with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB SSD up to the highest-end M1 Max motherboard for the 16-inch MacBook Pro with 64 GB of RAM and 8 TB of SSD storage.

Something like a replacement screen for the M1 MacBook Air will cost you $395, with an $88 credit after returning the original part. A battery for the same MacBook will cost you $119, with a $22 credit for returning your existing battery. Having Apple replace the battery would cost you $129 — so if you factor in first-party tools, you’re not saving money by just letting Apple fix it.

In addition to seizing the tools and parts of selfservicerepair.com, Apple’s site hosts repair manuals for the MacBook Air M1, 13-inch MacBook Pro M1, 14-inch MacBook Pro M1, and 16-inch MacBook Pro M1. These manuals are incredibly detailed – to the extent that those experienced in repairs may find them repetitive – but they are detailed enough to ensure that even someone who has never opened an electronic device before can step in and perform with successful supported repair.

Again, this is a big step forward for those who would prefer to repair their own devices, but it’s still far from a “perfect” repair program. As I noted earlier this year, you must contact support to return repaired devices to full working order after certain repairs, and you must contact support for return and credit for returned used batteries. . Still, I’m happy to see the program expand to more devices, although I don’t expect many people to find the program very useful in its current implementation.

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