Although currently only available in the US, Apple’s home repair program is set to expand to other countries, giving users of the company’s devices the ability to order genuine parts without going to a service facility. Until now, only a few recent iPhone models have been included in the program, and Apple has now added the MacBook family of computers equipped with the M1 processor.
MacBook Air and Pro with M1 are the first included in Apple’s repair program
For starters, Apple’s MacBook Air and MacBook Pro laptops with a 13″ screen are the only ones listed on the official website for home repair parts and tools. Apple says it has included more than 10 individual parts for each model, which include the display, the top of the case, which includes the keyboard and battery, and the trackpad, while other parts will be added over time. Users will probably also want to be able to replace the displays, which come bundled with the entire metal top cover, but for now that won’t be available.
Unfortunately, despite the official announcement, these components have not yet been listed on the dedicated website, so we don’t know what the prices will be for each individual component. If we can go by the prices for iPhones, they will be quite high, but Apple seems to be offering a price reduction to those who send old components, even in their damaged state, back for recycling. Apple is also offering a set of loaner tools for iPhones for a fee. It will probably do the same for laptops.
But Apple reiterates in its official announcement that it will include more Macs in its repair program in the coming period, and that it plans to expand it to Europe. However, we don’t have a clear date for when we’ll be able to order iPhone and Mac screens, batteries or other components from EU member countries.