IPhone repair: Apple has some surprises in store

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Last week, Apple surprised by announcing, via a simple press release and without a keynote, that its customers will soon be “authorized” to repair their iPhones themselves. This is great news, because those who try the maneuver today risk not only breaching the warranty but also ending up with an unusable device after making a mistake.

Apple, on the contrary, will provide a guide, precisely to detail good practices through comprehensive tutorials. On the other hand, the fate of the spare parts that will have to be used for this program was not known until now. But it was without counting on MacRumors, who managed to get their hands on an internal Cupertino note, in order to tell us more about where it will be possible to buy the components and get advice on how to assemble them.

Where can I find the manual?

The tutorial to learn how to repair battery, cameras and screen will soon be posted on the official Apple Support site. We do not yet know when, however the brand has specified that it wants to launch its autonomous repair service in 2022 in the United States. Other countries will then be entitled to it, but it is impossible to know if France or other European states are concerned.

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Apparently the guides will be free. Apple did not however specify whether it will be possible to download them in order to consult them offline, but we know that its support has a dedicated app which could therefore possibly update itself.

Where to find the material?

For spare parts, it’s a little different. MacRumors was able to read that we will not be able to go to the Apple Store to take advantage of them, but that only a third party partner whose name is still unknown will be responsible for selling them. The sale will take place online only; it therefore seems that we are not talking about the authorized stores that can be found in most large cities.

Among the candidates for this role, we obviously tend to iFixit which in addition to disassembling the new iPhones when they are released offers repair kits for a few tens of euros. For the battery of the iPhone SE 2020, it costs for example 39.95 euros, against 69.95 euros for that of the iPhone 11 Pro Max.

Not sure, however, that Apple appreciates working with a media that often criticizes its manufacturing processes …

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