Apple has announced a new Self-Service Repair Program, a program to provide the information, tools and components owners of defective Apple devices need to repair their devices on their own.
While a lot of things remain unknown about the program (I mean, it could become little more than a publicity stunt), people have already started to ask the obvious question: should I try to fix my iPhone?
It’s a good question.
First of all, I haven’t seen the repair manual that Apple plans to offer, nor have I seen the tools that it will sell for repairs. Information and tools can make the difference between a successful repair and making things worse.
And that’s something to keep in mind before starting a repair.
Modern smartphones are not easy to repair. It’s just like that. Don’t believe me, take a look at the iFixit teardown of the latest iPhone. In addition to essential repair items such as a screwdriver kit (not just any old screwdriver kit), you need items such as a heat gun and a suction handle to get into the machine. inside the iPhone.
Using screwdrivers and heat guns on your iPhone carries a certain degree of risk.
It’s like that.
And if you break things even more than they are, then it sucks to be you.
Parts won’t come cheap either, and if you miss a repair – a slip with a screwdriver here, a tear in a ribbon cable there – and you’re in a much more painful world. You can be pretty comfortable doing repairs – check out how well someone like IPhone Repair Guru is all about exchanging coins – but unless you do it often, dangers await.
I’ve seen the aftereffects of failed repairs, and they can be ugly, not to mention the cost of triage.
Another problem I have encountered is secondary damage which makes a repair tricky. For example, if the metal frame of an iPhone is damaged, it is difficult, if not impossible, without the right tools to replace the screen.
Broken glass and defective batteries all present a risk.
Another problem that I can see with the average person is that they won’t be interested in purchasing tools for a one-time job. Hopefully Apple will offer a tool rental service for those who want to make repairs, where the user can return the tools when they are finished.
It would make a lot of sense.
I’m all for people to be able to access the tools and information they need to fix their devices, but I’m more excited about Apple opening this information to third-party repairers.
This is where the most good is going to be done.
So, would you try to fix a broken iPhone? Yes you should, but be aware of the risks. Announcement if in doubt, seek professional help.