Thursday, May 05, 2022, 16:24 Hardware

Test Video: Inexperienced Tinkerer Takes A Shot At Apple's New "Self-Repair" Program

Should one have the courage to take on an iPhone repair in their own garage or workshop, the new "Self-Repair Program" started several days ago. Users don't necessarily save much money in comparison to a normal repair by an Apple-certified repair shop, especially when required to rent or purchase special tools for relevant repairs through the program. However, most components can be swapped without too much equipment. In a new YouTube video, MacRumors takes a shot at Apple's self-repair program along with acquiring all of the program's tools. This also includes the program's repair case which weighs in at around 80 lbs and can be rented for US$49. Any who fail to promptly return the rented equipment are charged an additional US$1,300 by Apple.

Self-Repair: Battery Swap
In the specific test run by MacRumors, the inexperienced "repairman" was tasked with swapping the battery of an iPhone 12 mini. The relevant battery usually costs around US$69 on the Apple Online Store, whereas the "Battery Bundle" from the repair program costs around US$70.99, plus another US$49 for the aforementioned toolkit in this case. After sending back the replaced parts, customers do, however, receive a credit of US$24.15 – leading to this repair's total cost laying at around US$96. Users won't always need to order the entire toolkit, but most of the directions available in the program free of charge do generally describe the process with the professional tools available from Apple.

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Conclusion: Not For Inexperienced Users
In MacRumors' video, an individual self-described as not having any experience with the matter set themselves to the task. The individual also stated that he wasn't very good at following directions. The result was rather sobering as many complications arose due to the repairman's lack of experience. Thus, it's likely not a very good idea for users in most cases who aren't counted amongst experienced or semi-professional repairmen to attempt self-repairs under Apple's program. Although it could perhaps appear to be a rather exciting endeavor for users to try their hands at professional tinkering, the process is still much less expensive and far safer in the hands of a certified repair shop.

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