This year in April, the tech giant launched the Self Service Repair program in the United States for users to read repair manuals for compatible devices and purchase genuine parts, and tools from its support website to DYI repair their iPhone 13, iPhone 12, and iPhone SE (3rd generation) models.
In August, Apple expanded the program to MacBooks with Apple Silicon: the 13-inch MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, 14-inch MacBook Pro, and 16-inch MacBook Pro.
M1 iMac, Mac mini, and other devices eligible for Self Service Repair program
Six Colors shared a screenshot of the Self-Service Repair website which lists the 24-inch M1 iMac as a supported device. The report also details that M1 Mac Mini, Mac Studio, and Studio Display are also supported under the program.
Apple’s self-repair program, which was announced last year, arrived in April, and came to the Mac in August with support for the M1 MacBook Air and all three M1 MacBook Pro models, has now been extended to support Mac desktops and the new Apple Studio Display. Newly supported Macs are the M1 iMac, M1 Mac mini, and Mac Studio.
Recently, the Self Service Repair program was introduced in eight European countries: France, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Poland, Sweden, Spain, and the United Kingdom.
Although the Right to Repair activists praised Apple’s DYI repair program, few repair experts called out stifling restrictions Apple released with the Apple Self Service Repair for MacBooks program. As each part is tied to a serial number, Ben Lovejoy from 9to5Mac said that it prevented users from upgrading the cheaper MacBook models and iFixit said that the Self Service Repair for MacBooks made M1 MacBook models “less repairable”.