The Self-Service Repair program that Apple introduced seemed like a good idea at the time. After all, customers were griping about the high cost of Apple service. An additional source of user frustration was the difficulty of DIY iPhone repair, which Apple has made notoriously difficult. This initiative appeared to be a reaction to the growing market share held by repair kit manufacturers such as iFixit. Unfortunately, it quickly became apparent that Apple’s Self-Service Repair program is severely flawed.
What Is Apple’s Self-Service Repair Program?
Apple’s Self-Service Repair allows you to fix your iPhone without the help of a technician. Screen, battery, and camera replacement are all possible with this service.
First, you go to Apple’s online repair shop and choose your phone’s model. Next, you’ll place an order for the necessary components and a maintenance set. This kit contains identical tools to those used in Apple retail stores, guaranteeing that your iPhone will be fixed properly and to Apple’s specifications.
What Are the Problems With Apple’s Self-Service Repair Program?
While convenient, Apple’s Self-Service Repair program isn’t without its flaws. Not even close. The following are some of the most pressing concerns.
1. It’s Very Expensive
The program’s high price tag is the first drawback of Self-Service Repair. Some people may believe that it will save them money to do the work themselves, but that is not the case. Using Apple’s Self-Service Repair program is more expensive than visiting an Apple Store to get your device fixed.
Take the scenario where you need to fix your iPhone 13 by replacing the screen. Buying the monitor and renting the accessories from Apple will cost about $318. The price of a replacement screen for an iPhone 13 is $279 from Apple. That’s a $39 premium on a do-it-yourself iPhone repair.
If you return your old screen to Apple by mail, you will receive a $33.60 credit. The cost of making the necessary repairs yourself will increase by $5. You can save even more money by returning your screen by mail.
You’ll be paying the Genius bar technicians for their time when you bring your device in for service. Self-Service Repair kits from Apple make it appear as though you are covering the cost of the repair’s labor yourself. Consequently, you should expect to expend some effort, worry, and time. And there’s always the chance that you’ll mess up and ruin your gadget.
2. It’s Inconvenient and Time-Consuming
Inconveniences associated with fixing an iPhone go beyond the time it takes to do the repair, despite what most people would assume.
The fact that you have to rent Apple’s bulky toolkit only adds insult to injury when you consider the difficulty of the repair itself. In spite of its comprehensive nature, this kit is cumbersome due to its weight (over 75 pounds) and size (considerable storage required). You have seven days to use this toolkit, after which you must return it. This is a heavy package, so please return it as soon as possible. The directions are unclear and hard to follow. Because of this, getting repairs done can be a hassle.
The repair process is complex, laborious, time-consuming and prone to error on top of everything else.
3. Some Necessary Tools Aren’t Included
Renters of the Self-Service Repair kit have voiced concern that certain necessities are missing. Most people who rent tool kits assume that they will be fully stocked. However, the kit is missing several essential tools that are called out in the manual.
Customers who have bought the kit to fix their screens say the instructions recommend using a magnetized screwdriver. Even though the screwdriver is present, no magnetic force can attract it. The average household probably doesn’t have any magnets strong enough to hold a screwdriver.
The kit does not come with the heat-resistant gloves, repair mat, or ESD straps recommended for repairing an iPhone. If you already had trouble reading the instructions, this only makes things worse.
What Are the Alternatives to Apple’s Self-Service Repair Program?
Let’s be honest, there are issues with Apple’s Self-Service Repair program. Many people can’t afford to pay Apple’s high prices for repairs when they happen in-store.
Some companies, like iFixit, sell kits that claim to be able to fix your iPhone for less money than buying a new one. Since Apple makes it so difficult to repair newer iPhones, however, these kits are still quite pricey. If you’re worried about breaking your phone again, AppleCare+ is something to think about as an alternative.
Who Is the Self-Service Repair Program For?
As it stands, we can’t imagine many people using this service due to the high cost, cumbersome setup, and confusing directions. To be fair, Apple warns that the average user won’t benefit from this kit. Apple says it is designed for users who are comfortable with technology and want to fix the device themselves.
This option could be convenient for those who either don’t want to send their iPhone in for repairs via the mail or who live too far away from the nearest Apple Store to make a trip there for service. Although not every city has an Apple Store, Apple does offer mail-in service for repairs.
Users who are similarly concerned about their privacy may find that working from home is the best option. If you’re the DIY type who enjoys repairing things around the house, this might be something you want to try as a hobby. It appears that they are the intended audience for this program being offered by Apple.
Aside from that, the typical user probably would rather visit the Genius bar. It’s more convenient, faster, and less stressful than trying to decipher Apple’s manual. To add to your peace of mind, you need not worry about damaging your iPhone inadvertently.
Will Apple Fix the Self-Service Repair Program?
Most Apple customers were unprepared for the company to announce its Self-Service Repair program. People hoped Apple would offer DIY iPhone repair kits and official parts, like those offered by iFixit. Most users, however, did not anticipate having to rent tools, decipher complicated instructions, or track down non-standard components. And the price tag was shocking as well.
Apple may have been anticipating the introduction of Right to Repair legislation in several countries. This software, however, has serious problems, and it does not appear that Apple has any plans to fix them anytime soon. Until then, if you can’t afford an official repair at the Apple Store, you may want to look into alternative repair kits.