Well this is a (pleasant) surprise!
@kev indeed, but just like adding ports to their laptops, its something they should have done from the start...
@kev it’s a huge deal. I’m very curious to see what parts pricing looks like, though. And whether the existence of the program will influence design decisions.
@atyh i don’t think that’s what is happening here. The independent repair businesses are thriving now even without Apple parts.
By Apple doing this, repair businesses could potentially offer genuine repairs (at a premium of course to cover additional costs) but this is definitely progress.
@kev Yea, I'm not super surprised. Apple has a history where they take away ports and charge you for the adapter you need because they took away the port. All they're doing here is saying that customers will have ACCESS to tools and parts. No word on how much those tools and parts are going to cost the consumer (and believe me, it's Apple so it WILL cost). Also, there's no mention of what self repair will do to the warranty. I'm assuming it's null and void after a self repair.
@mike well i should assume that if the warranty is in place, folk would get the repair done under that instead of paying.
It’s undoubtedly going to be expensive, but it’s progress nonetheless.
@kev Depends. Apple is probably still going to jump to "replacement" before "repair" as it exposes them to less liability. When Apple wants "replace" and the individual wants "repair", there's potential for overlap. This happened to me and my wife when we owned iPhones. My wife's phone just turned off and never turned back on. We took it to the "Genius" bar, and they replaced the phone, but we lost weeks of pictures of our infant son. "Repair" wasn't an option, but I would have preferred it.
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