APPLE is finally letting Brits repair their own iPhones for the very first time.
The tech giant has always asked that iPhone owners get repairs from authorised tech experts – but that’s all changed from today.
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Apple began letting regular customers make their own repairs in the US earlier this year.
And it’s now available as a service in the UK and Europe from today.
It means you can avoid paying costly labour fees for someone to repair your iPhone.
But it’s not for tech novices: most people will be much safer going to an Apple Store, or another authorised repair outlet.
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If you’re tech savvy and dead-set on repairing your own device, Apple has lots of support for you.
With Self Service Repair, you’ll be able to access official repair manuals, genuine Apple parts and tools, as well as rebates for the return of any replaced parts.
“We believe the best technology for our customers and for the planet is technology that lasts, which is why we design our products to be durable and rarely require maintenance or repair,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer.
“But when a repair is needed, we want customers to have many options for safe, reliable, and secure repair.
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“That’s why we’re excited to launch Self Service Repair in Europe, giving our customers direct access to genuine Apple parts, tools, and manuals.”
The first step is to review the online repair manual for your device.
Then you can order the parts and tools that you need.
You’ll enter a unique code from the repair manual to show that you’d had a look at it.
And then select which bits you actually need.
For the tools, there’s a rental option (for free) – in case you don’t want to fork out full price. A full purchase costs £54.90.
But you’ll have to pay a final fee for the replacement parts, because they obviously can’t be rented.
Once your gear has arrived, you’ll repair your device.
If you’ve rented a tool set then you’ll have seven days to get this done.
There’s also an option to use your own tools for this.
Finally, return any parts that you’ve placed. You’ll get a rebate if you do this, so definitely consider it.
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Bear in mind that most iPhone owners should just take their devices to the nearest Apple Store if in need of repair.
But if you’re technically minded and want a challenge (and to save some money), you could consider repairing your own device.
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