Apple to let people fix their own iPhones for the first time – and they'll even send you the repair tools
APPLE has announced that it will let customers fix their own iPhones for the first time starting next year.
In a statement on Wednesday, the Cupertino tech titan said that it will enable self-repairs by allowing access to Apple genuine parts and tools.
The new Self Service Repair scheme will begin in the US, with more countries to follow in 2022. Parts will first be available for the iPhone 12 and 13 ranges.
Apple said the new service would allow those who are comfortable with completing their own repairs the opportunity to do so.
The first stage of the programme will offer repair parts for the iPhone display, battery and camera.
As part of the scheme, Apple will launch a new online store from which customers will be able to order replacement parts and any tools required.
Those who return used parts for recycling will be given credit towards their purchase.
The company said the new store would offer more than 200 individual parts and tools.
"Creating greater access to Apple genuine parts gives our customers even more choice if a repair is needed," Apple's Jeff Williams said.
"In the past three years, Apple has nearly doubled the number of service locations with access to Apple genuine parts, tools, and training, and now we're providing an option for those who wish to complete their own repairs."
Until now, only Apple Authorised Service Providers (AASPs) and Independent Repair Providers had access to the parts, tools and manuals that will be available as part of the new scheme.
Apple said the scheme is aimed at individual technicians with the knowledge and experience to repair electronics.
The firm added that visiting an Apple-certified professional would be the safest and most reliable way to get a repair for the vast majority of its customers.
The program will eventually extend to Mac computers that use Apple's M1 chip and later to less common repairs.
Customers will be offered the same pricing on parts and tools as independent repair shops, Apple said.
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