Apple will begin supplying parts to enable customers to fix their own devices, a major change for the tech giant, which has long insisted only it can repair.
Under a program called Self Service Repair, customers can purchase kits with genuine Apple parts and instructions on how to fix their products, the company announced. a blog post Wednesday.
Early next year, the program will first launch in the US for iPhone models 12 and 13, before expanding to some Mac computers and other countries.
The first kit release will focus on the “most serviced modules,” the iPhone display, battery and camera, Apple said, and will then expand to cover other features.
The new program means that customers will not void their warranty by repairing the device themselves.
It’s a significant victory for the “right to repair” movement, which has sought to end tech industry practices that prevent customers from fixing their own devices or having them repaired by a third party.
Still, “going to a professional repair provider with certified technicians who use genuine Apple parts is the safest and most reliable way to get repairs,” the company said.