Using Apple’s Self Service iPhone repair will cost more in terms of time and stress

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Last year, Apple announced the launch of its official Self-Service Repair Store, where customers can purchase a variety of parts and tools to repair damaged iPhone SE (third generation), iOS 12, and iOS 13. More than 200 individual parts and tools are available at the store, ranging from security screws for just a few cents each to more expensive ProMax displays that cost more than $300.

The most common iPhone repair—a cracked screen—doesn’t appear to be significantly cheaper with the self-service repair program. A display bundle for an iPhone 13 costs $269.95 from Apple and includes the display as well as a screw kit, adhesive, and two security screws. However, the company will credit you $33.60 if you return the fixed display. If you had brought it to an Apple Store, the same repair would have cost $279, saving you $42.65.

The repairs, on the other hand, are not for the faint of heart, and the additional funds would be better spent if you let Apple handle it. Display Pocket: $108, Display Press: $216, and heated display removal fixture: $256.35 are the recommended tools for screen repairs, according to the company. Of course, most repair shops already have these parts on hand, but if you’re only fixing one iPhone, it’s probably not worth it.

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Apple charges a flat fee of $69 for a battery replacement, but a bundle will cost you about $47 after the replaced part’s return credit is taken into account. Kits to fix the bottom speaker, camera, Taptic Engine, and SIM tray are also available from Apple. A camera bundle for the iPhone 13 Pro Max costs less than $90 after a return credit, making these repairs more difficult to compare. There are still some things you’ll need to buy or rent, though.

Users can rent tool kits, which include the expensive equipment needed to disassemble the iPhone, for $49 per week or purchase individual parts and tools. When you use Apple’s self-service repair site, you’re guaranteed to get the same tools as Apple’s “repair network.”

Before purchasing any parts, Apple instructs repair technicians to read through a variety of manuals provided by the company. This repair is not going to be simple, and they make that clear with their step-by-step instructions. On the other hand, battery swaps necessitate a number of safety precautions, such as having “clean, dry, and untreated sand” on hand for “battery thermal events,” which can occur when the battery gets too hot. These repairs are extremely difficult and require a great deal of patience and an understanding of how these products work and are put together just by looking at the instructions.

A great step forward, and one that could help users who have old iPhones lying around if Apple expands the range of models covered by the program, is that Apple is offering such a comprehensive repair program for them to take advantage of.

Even more exciting, Apple says it will provide repair manuals, parts, and tools later this year for Macs with Apple silicon. Since the design is simpler, those repairs should be a lot less difficult than those on an iPhone.

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