Earlier this year, Apple revealed its long-awaited self-repair program for iPhones, which turned out to be incredibly complicated and a huge mess. Now the company is expanding that program to include MacBook laptop repair.
Like the existing program for iPhone, Self Service Repair allows people to repair their devices without taking them to an Apple Store or other authorized repair center. Apple recommends it only for “customers who are experienced with the intricacies of electronic device repair.” If you’re inexperienced, you should probably turn your dead MacBook over to a trained professional.
The repair program is limited to the M1 MacBook Air and the three M1 MacBook Pro models. That leaves out the latest M2 MacBook Air, the new 13-inch MacBook Pro, older laptops and all Apple desktops. Current tools and manuals can be used to replace most components, including audio board, battery, bottom case, keys, logic board, Touch ID board, and other parts. Some components are more expensive than others: Now that most of the hardware is soldered to the logic board in newer Macs, replacing one board with a 32-core MacBook Pro GPU with 32GB of RAM and a 1TB drive would cost over $1,900. Other components cost less, like $29 replacement speakers.
Fortunately, the Mac repair program appears to be a bit more affordable than the iPhone program, which requires a £79 toolkit rental to disassemble the phone and a $1,200 credit card hold for the equipment. The rented toolkit for Mac repairs is only $49, which you can keep for a week before returning it to Apple. Presumably, repair toolkits from companies like iFixit should also work.
Apple says it will expand the Mac repair program to more models and countries “later this year.” The company also plans to expand iPhone repairs to other countries.
Source: Apple, six colors