Apple will let its users repair their iPhones themselves

Apple will give its users the opportunity to repair their smartphones and some computers, an unexpected concession from the technology giant known for its very closed ecosystem of devices and software.

The online store, called “Self Service Repair,” will buy more than 200 spare parts and useful tools for the most common problems of the latest iPhone lines (12 and 13), such as a faulty battery or screen,’ the statement followed.

The Apple brand has long restricted repairs to its technicians in its stores — over the counters called “genius bars” — and some authorized merchants, but wait times and prices are generally high.

This feature of Apple and allegations of planned obsolescence regularly earn criticism about the durability of its devices.

“We didn’t think we’d ever see it,” reacted on Twitter to iFixit, a website that bills itself as a guide to repairing items of all kinds.

What Apple is offering isn’t perfect, but we’re glad they’re finally accepting what we’ve always known: Everyone is smart enough to fix an iPhone.

The new service will launch in the United States in early 2022, before expanding to other countries later in the year, and will soon include computers equipped with the M1 chip manufactured by Apple, in addition to smartphones.

“Customers are joined by more than 5,000 authorized suppliers and 2,800 independent repairmen who have access to spare parts, tools and manuals,” says the Californian group.

“During the past three years, we have nearly doubled the number of locations that (this) has access,” said director of operations Jeff Williams, quoted in the statement.

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