Apple Self Repair 

"The initial phase of the program will focus on the most commonly serviced modules, such as the iPhone display, battery, and camera. The ability for additional repairs will be available later next year."

Apple Self Repair 

Remember when you could buy an aftermarket battery, pop the back off a phone, and just put it in? Sheesh.

Apple Self Repair 

"Following the repair, customers who return their used part for recycling will receive credit toward their purchase."

Uh this rules actually.

Apple Self Repair 

Get ready for thousands of videos of people destroying and then repairing iPhones.

re: Apple Self Repair 

@maxeddy And even better, you could opt for a bigger battery if you were willing to accept a thicker device

re: Apple Self Repair 

@nobody I remember buying a bigger battery for my Nokia brick that just fit right in! No tinkering required!

Apple Self Repair 

@maxeddy You can repair your device, with their permission, with their parts, and on their schedule.

This is "self repair", with none of the digital autonomy that that concept normally implies.

Apple Self Repair 

@nat the "autonomy" part is what they hate the most.

A dependent individual reliably does what you tell them to, and more importantly, pays when you tell them to.

Autonomous one may. Or they may not. Unpredictable, bad for business.


@maxeddy wait what... there's got to be a catch

@maxeddy Do you need to have a tracking device implanted to order the spare parts?


This is a fluff piece that belies a non-truth from Apple.

"Customers join more than 5,000 Apple Authorized Service Providers (AASPs) and 2,800 Independent Repair Providers who have access to these parts, tools, and manuals. "

The truth is that AASPs don't get access to real manuals or tools. They are only allowed to buy those things from Apple (with high markup), and much of the time the manuals just say "Send back to Apple".

This is like Microsoft Shared Source Initiative.

@emacsen Hopefully this is a big pivot there, too. I'm not familiar with the AASP program.


I'm really trying not to be snarky, but based on your position as a journalist, you should really dig into these things a bit more.

Go read or watch some of Louis Rossman's videos on Apple and what they put him through.

This announcement by Apple is a meaningless distraction meant to dupe politicians and lazy journalists in order to crush the Right to Repair movement.

@neil @maxeddy

I don't agree it's a good take, but it's certainly helpful.

What's concerning to me is that these kind of "concessions" are taken for actual movement in the right direction. I think they're "evidence that the industry can self-regulate".

We heard a quick report that lauded Apple for this. They made it sound as though #Apple were basically doing a #Fairphone, allowing ppl to replace batteries, cameras and other hardwares.

Surprise, surprise — its #publicRelations?

@neil @maxeddy

@emacsen Oh, I'm certain it's an attempt to get out ahead of right-to-repair legislation. If anything, I find it interesting that Apple seems to think such regulation is so likely they feel the need to get out ahead of it.

@maxeddy @be honestly, a masterful PR move from the company that has perpetuated proprietary hardware to the point of malice

@maxeddy This is apple panicking and saying "we'll be good! We'll be good! You don't need to regulate us!"

@rgegriff Very probably. But interesting to me that they feel so certain they need to get ahead of it.

@maxeddy Yea, I knew the us admin was making moves in that direction, but I had assumed it wouldn't have much teeth behind it.

I wonder if the EU is doing something they are actually afraid of.


@maxeddy wow this is just... :kelwha: really surprising. Up until now I always saw apple as one of the WORST companies for right to repair, it's very interesting to see them take this approach right after they made that whole anti sideloading presentation :calcthonk:

@maxeddy Wondering what kind of gigantic lawsuit was looming for Apple to pivot into self-repairs

@maxeddy well, i'll be damned, look at that. Guess the feds, users, and a co-founder is all it takes to get apple to pivot. Easy peezy.

@maxeddy I am sorry about your seat. I hope you manage to repair it.
(What? Someone had to do that! :ms_grin: )
As for apple, yeah no, thanks. Just as many other replies before me, I do not think this is nearly as revolutionary as they're making it out to be. It is a desperate PR move to cover up some of their recent mistakes, and the very minimum needed to get in line with potential future regulations.
Just go for Fairphone instead, if that is an option for you (if you're in the EU or can have someone from there mail it to you). They've done some non-ideal choices recently, like not including a headphone jack in FP4 so they could advertise a waterproof rating, but ... that's a drop in the bucket compared to Apple wanting to scan all images on people's devices.

@maxeddy As far as I can tell, this just means they'll sell you the proprietary tools and publish the manual.

It doesn't mean you can use standard tools or aftermarket parts, which is what "self-repair" usually entails.

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