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Mads Hindhede Svanegaard

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Apple Wants You to Fix Your Own iPhone? | Self Service Repair Store Is Open Now (But It’s Not Cheap) By Jesse Hollington Apple is making good on last year’s promise to begin selling parts and tools for at-home iPhone repairs with today’s launch of its new Self Service Repair program. Starting today, customers in the United States will be able to download free repair manuals and purchase genuine Apple parts and tools through a new Self Service Repair Store. Apple says it plans to expand this to other countries later this year, starting with Europe. For now, the self-service repair program only covers the latest iPhone models, including the entire iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 lineups, along with the third-generation iPhone SE that arrived in March. It’s also limited to display, battery, and camera replacements. Later this year, the program will also expand to Apple Silicon Macs, but there’s no word on when (or if) older devices will be added to the program. What’s Covered? Considering that most of the iPhone models currently covered by the program are still under warranty, Apple’s efforts feel a bit disingenuous right now; it’s unlikely anybody is going to pay for a do-it-yourself (DIY) repair when they can visit an Apple Store and have their iPhone serviced under warranty at no additional cost. Apple emphasizes that its Self Service Repair program is for out-of-warranty repairs. Although you may be tempted to go for a do-it-yourself repair for something that Apple’s warranty doesn’t cover, such as a damaged screen, doing so will very likely void your warranty for any future repairs. Each of Apple’s repair manuals includes the following Warranty Disclaimer: Damage caused by repairs performed outside of Apple or the Apple Authorized Service network is not covered by Apple’s warranty or AppleCare plans. Such damage may cause future repairs to be subject to out-of-warranty costs or Redner the device ineligible for future repairs by Apple or Apple Authorized Service Providers. Technically speaking, since that disclaimer only refers to “damage,” you should be

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