Apple’s Self Service Repair program is about to expand to recent MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models. This will give those who want to fix their macOS notebook access to repair manuals and genuine Apple parts and tools.
The program began offering the info, parts and tools needed to fix recent iPhone models in spring 2022.
Repair your own MacBook with Apple’s help
Apple has long faced criticism from “right to repair” advocates for being strictly against DIY fixes. But government regulators around the world are starting to force companies to loosen up on allowing users to fix their own devices. Apple is bowing to the pressure with the Self Service Repair program.
Starting Tuesday, this will help users fix MacBook Air and MacBook Pro notebooks with the M1 family of chips. The parts, tools and instructions needed to deal with more than a dozen different repair types for each model are available, including the display, top case with battery, and trackpad.
The program is open to anyone, but Apple warns it’s best for “customers who are experienced with the complexities of repairing electronic devices.”
Rent the tools, don’t buy them
The Self Service Repair program offers customers the same parts ands tools available to Apple Store locations and Apple Authorized Service Providers.
Tools are available for purchase, or Apple offers an extensive repair tool kit as a $49-per-week rental. The rental fee includes shipping costs.
The process of getting required parts and tools is identical whether fixing an iPhone or a MacBook. To get started, review the repair manual for the product to be fixed on Apple’s support website. Then visit the Apple Self Service Repair Store to order the necessary parts and tools.