Apple spent years desperately trying to keep everything in-house, especially when it came to repairing your devices.
That’s why the latest development is such a big deal: for the first time ever, anybody can purchase tools and components straight from the factory.
No longer will you have to look for a shady repair store that will immediately void your iPhone’s warranty.
Now there’s a new Self Service Repair shop online where you can buy all the tools you need to service your own phone without having to visit an Apple Store.
So it seems Apple has finally given up and decided to let people do something they’ve been doing anyway.
The new online store has more than 200 individual parts and tools. So if you know your way around the tools, you can repair the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 lineups and iPhone SE (3rd generation), such as the display, battery, and camera.
Later this year the program will also include manuals, parts, and tools to perform repairs on Mac computers with Apple silicon.
Why has Apple self-repair taken so long?
Apple popularised the candy bar design with the integrated battery with the first iPhone.
And other brands took a few years to catch up.
This meant you could either get an iPhone and have it serviced when the battery died, or you could buy something else and do it yourself.
This went on for a few years.
The problem (for Apple) is they tried hard but couldn’t really stop people from turning to the grey market, mostly because everything and anything Apple makes tends to be pricey.
Changing the battery is just one of many examples, we could talk about the screen, the camera, and so on.