Remember that big debate a few years back about whether or not consumers should have the right to repair their own stuff?
The debate was so big, in fact, it became a major court case in the United States, and even Apple, among others, conceded and agreed to establish a route for DIY repair people to take care of their own maintenance issues with the company’s vaunted iPhone products. If you missed that article, you can check it out at this link right here.
Now, the day is here and Apple’s Self Service Repair is open for business.
The website is quite straightforward and offers manuals, items to repair your iPhone, and even a section where users can learn more about Self Service Repair.
From the website:
“Self Service Repair is intended for individuals with the knowledge and experience to repair electronic devices. If you are experienced with the complexities of repairing electronic devices, Self Service Repair provides you with access to genuine Apple parts, tools, and repair manuals to perform your own out-of-warranty repair. Follow these steps to perform a variety of out-of-warranty repairs for iPhone, such as iPhone display and battery replacements.”
The website outlines four steps wherein users locate the appropriate repair manual, order parts directly from Apple, repair their iPhone, then sent the used parts back to the company for recycling in a totally closed-loop process. It doesn’t get any easier than that.
Naturally, you can always make use of the Apple Store and third-party repair services, too, if DIY isn’t your thing.
Do you repair your own gear? What’s your opinion of the DIY repair movement? Let us know your thoughts on Apple opening up its iPhone product line to self-service repair in the comments below.
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