Apple’s Self Service Repair program now includes some recent MacBooks

Apple’s self-service repair program is no longer limited to iPhones. The company is adding M1-based MacBook Air and Pro systems to the program on August 23, giving you access to official parts and tools to repair your laptop at home. You can swap out the display, battery (plus top case), trackpad, and other key components. As before, you use “many” of the same resources you would find at an Apple retail store or authorized repair facility.

You pay $49 to rent a repair kit. TechCrunch Notes Parts prices are the same as 3rd party service centers and range from $12 for an audio board to $580 for a motherboard. You have to trade in your old parts to get these prices (otherwise a motherboard costs three times as much), but Apple recycles everything it can’t salvage. Don’t expect to use this as a memory or storage upgrade – Apple will charge you the full amount if you buy a board that doesn’t match the computer you bought.

The program will be expanded to additional Macs and countries later this year. As usual, Apple recommends repairs only for experienced users. It still directs the “vast majority” of customers to authorized repairers.

The program started in April and is widely seen as Apple’s response to right-to-repair laws and regulations, including at the federal level. It won’t necessarily reduce government scrutiny and might not change much for DIY repair fans who have turned to unofficial sources like iFixit. However, this could be welcome news if you’d rather not rely on a technician to service your Mac.

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