Let’s face it: Getting modern electronics repaired, or worse, replaced, is an extremely expensive proposition.
But repairing advanced equipment is also very complicated. In fact, for a while there, it seemed as though manufacturers were deliberately making it near impossible for third-party vendors or owners themselves to repair their own stuff.
That all changed with the success of the do-it-yourself repair movement. The only thing that didn’t change is the complexity of the electronics themselves.
Apple fans and owners of MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models have reason to rejoice as the company expands its self-repair program to include those two models.
In a statement announcing the addition of two of the company’s more popular models, Apple writes:
“Self Service Repair for MacBook Air and MacBook Pro offers more than a dozen different repair types for each model, including the display, top case with battery, and trackpad, with more to come. 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.”
Close readers will note that even Apple implicitly warns that this isn’t for the faint of heart, noting “customers who are experienced with the complexities of repairing electronic devices” should be able to complete the task (no word on the rest of us).
Still, all of this is a huge step forward for doing it yourself (if that’s your thing). And, for many photographers without access to official repair channels, this kind of thing might be a real boon on a global scale.
Of course, it’s unlikely that any of this will become easier to repair, tools and guidance provided or not.
Are you a fan of the self-repair movement? Or do you think it’s better to let the manufacturer handle things through official channels? Let us know in the comments.
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