Apple’s Self Service Repair program is no longer limited to iPhones. The company is adding M1-based MacBook Air and Pro systems to the program on August 23rd, giving you access to official parts and tools to fix your laptop at home. You can replace the display, the battery (plus the top case), trackpad and other major components. As before, you’re using “many” of the same resources you’d find at an Apple retail store or authorized repair shop.
You’ll pay $49 to rent a repair kit. TechCrunch notes part pricing is the same as for third-party service centers, ranging from $12 for an audio board through to $580 for a motherboard. You’ll have to trade in your old parts to get these prices (a motherboard costs three times as much otherwise), but Apple will recycle anything it can’t rescue. Don’t expect to use this as a memory or storage upgrade — Apple will charge the full amount if you buy a board that doesn’t match the computer you bought.
The program will expand to more Macs and countries later this year. As usual, Apple recommends repairs only to experienced users. It’s still pointing the “vast majority” of customers to approved repair facilities.
The program kicked off in April, and is widely seen as Apple’s response to Right to Repair laws and regulations, including at the federal level. It won’t necessarily reduce government scrutiny, and may not change much for DIY repair fans who’ve turned to unofficial sources like iFixit. Still, this could be welcome news if you’d rather not rely on a technician to maintain your Mac.