Starting April 27th, 2022, US iPhone owners can also buy replacement parts and tools directly from Apple. Apple says the program is a way to “provide easy access to genuine Apple parts and supplies for local iPhone repair,” but limits customers’ repair and refurbishing options.
Apple has been notorious for keeping its repair process secret and even using components that only they have the tools for.
While many companies have figured out ways around Apple’s antics, it hasn’t always been easy. (Gophermods has been repairing iPhones for twelve years).
Now, Apple has made a 180-degree turn as the news recently broke that they would be renting out DIY repair kits for people to use at home.
While it sounds like a win for the consumer, it may not be as positive as it looks on the surface. We’ll look at just what goes into these repair kits and the pros and cons of Apple’s newest product.
What is the Self-Repair Program?
Apple announced today: seven years of parts availability, retail sales of tools that only official Apple techs could get before, repair kits and free step-by-step visual repair manuals available for everyone on Apple’s sit. US fixers can buy iPhone 12, 13, and SE 3 parts and tools from Apple.
These kits will only work for iPhone 12, iPhone 13 and SE 3rd Gen (2022) models, and are not intended to be used for AppleCare repairs.
These kits cost $49, including shipping and all the tools needed to repair your phone yourself – parts are sold separately. Apple has also created a self-service repair page which they highly recommend users visit before ordering the parts and attempting the repair themselves.
Apple’s iPhone 12 displays are $269.95, and you get $33.60 back when you return the screen. Renting the tools from Apple adds another $49, making the total repair $285.35 + sales tax for an iPhone 12 display repair.
This repair in an Apple store is $279 + sales tax (which means the DIY repair with tool rental is actually more expensive than an in-store repair!).
Gophermods does the iPhone 12 screen repair for $279 + sales tax. No appointment necessary, and most repairs are finished in an hour.