Apple’s self-repair program for MacBooks: How much it costs, potential issues and more – Times of India

Apple has recently expanded its DIY repair program to include Macbook Air and Pro laptops that are powered by the company’s proprietary M1 chipset. The Cupertino-based tech giant has also confirmed that the newly expanded program will also include laptops with M1 Pro and Max processors. According to a report in The Verge, repairability experts i fixed it (who regularly dissect Apple devices) have been through the company’s new program and shared some mixed reactions.
What iFixit thinks about Apple’s expanded repair program
As per the report, iFixit’s Sam Goldhart mentioned that the new Macbook Pro The guide “thrown us for a loop.” Goldhart also added that the issue is with the company’s documentation which seems to be made up. macbook “less repairable” than pros they have been in the past.
The report says the repair manual is a 162-page long guide to replacing a 14-inch MacBook Pro’s battery and that the first step to trying out the DIY repair program is to “read the entire manual first.”

Furthermore, the report cited the reason the guide was so exhaustive because it turns out that replacing these batteries is “not just a matter of taking the battery out.” Since Apple doesn’t currently sell replacement batteries for the 14-inch model, users will need to replace the entire top case and keyboard to replace the battery. The report claims that a full-computer teardown is both unusual and unnecessary for a laptop battery replacement.
Apple’s DIY Repair Program: The Money Thing
The report states that iFixit’s Goldhart also pointed out that Apple’s DIY repair program is also too expensive and cannot be afforded by many users. In this case, the “top case with battery” part you’ll need to buy for the 2020 and 2021 MacBook Pro models isn’t cheap. The report confirms that users will have to pay more than $400 for a top case with battery after a repair credit at Apple’s store.
iFixit claims Apple’s self-service repair program as an “excruciating gauntlet of hassles” as users not only have to go through a 162-page manual, but also “pay exorbitant amounts for an overkill replacement part.” Does matter.” In addition, users will have to pay a further $50 for the tool they recommend and complete the repair of the device within 14 days, including system configuration Which will connect the new part with their device.
The report also mentioned that another Apple user, who wanted to try a self-service repair program to replace the battery in his iPhone mini, faced the same problem as reported by iFixit. This user paid a $1,200 fee for the equipment and received £79 worth of equipment from the company, including an industrial-grade heat station after installation. The report also mentioned that if the user fails to return the device within seven days, he will have to forfeit the deposit.

difference between self repair iphone And macbook
iPhones are complex devices and may require a relatively difficult and specialized process to repair, the report admits. However, on the other hand, MacBook batteries have never been so complicated to replace in the past (see, for example, iFixit’s 2021 MacBook Pro Repair Guide).
The iPhone repair kit is tricky, yet it’s a step in the right direction for Apple devices, however, the same cannot be said for these MacBooks, especially when the experts at iFixit (who usually deal with Apple devices fairly). are) raising their eyebrows, claims the report. Meanwhile, the report mentions that Apple spokesperson nick lehyo has confirmed that a replacement battery (not attached to the case) will be available in the future.