Apple Expands Do-It-Yourself Repair Program to M3 Macs

Apple will soon expand its self-service repair program to the M3 iMac, M3 14-inch MacBook Pro, and M3 16-inch MacBook Pro, according to a trio of support documents published today. (Update: Parts for M3 Macs are now available — see below.) First introduced in the U.S. in 2022, Apple’s repair program lets customers purchase genuine Apple […]

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Apple Expanding Do-It-Yourself Repair Program to M3 Macs

Apple will soon expand its self-service repair program to the M3 iMac, M3 14-inch MacBook Pro, and M3 16-inch MacBook Pro, according to a trio of support documents published today. First introduced in the U.S. in 2022, Apple’s repair program lets customers purchase genuine Apple parts and tools. Apple also provides manuals so that customers […]

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Duo That Defrauded Apple Out of 5,000 iPhones With Repair Scheme Will Spend Up to 20 Years in Prison

Two Maryland residents that tried to defraud Apple out of 5,000 iPhones worth millions of dollars were today found guilty of mail fraud. Chinese nationals Haotian Sun and Pengfei Xue masterminded a scheme to get Apple to exchange genuine iPhones for counterfeit iPhones sent in for repair. Between May 2017 and September 2019, Sun and […]

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Samsung confirms Galaxy A55 and A35 will be easier to repair

Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy A35 and Galaxy A55 mid-range phones will be similar to the high-end Galaxy S24 series in at least one respect. They’ll be easier to repair than their predecessors, Samsung confirms. In some markets, the Korean tech giant publishes official repair scores for Galaxy phones. And it just so happens that Samsung recently […]

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Provisional EU law to give customers extra 12 months warranty after repair

The European Council and Parliament have agreed on a provisional version of the right-to-repair directive. It puts forward a few key aspects – manufacturers will need to provide an extra 12 months of warranty to users after a repair, they’ll be required to offer spare parts at a reasonable price, and they will be required […]

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Galaxy S24 teardown video shows how easy it is to repair

Over the past few years, Samsung has worked on improving its smartphones in several ways, including display and cameras, software features and smoothness, as well as build quality and repairability. The Galaxy S24 Ultra achieves a near-perfect repairability score, and it looks like the base Galaxy S24 model is just as easy to repair. A […]

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Apple Won’t Be Able to Repair Out-of-Warranty Apple Watches Due to Import Ban

When the Apple Watch import ban goes into effect after December 25, 2023, Apple will not be able to repair out-of-warranty Apple Watch models in the United States. Apple Watch repairs typically involve replacing a broken unit with a new model rather than fixing an individual component, and replacement devices will not be available. Apple […]

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Google launches Pixel Diagnostic App and new repair manuals to fix Pixels easily

Google has launched a new Pixel Diagnostic App for the Pixel phones and released new repair manuals in English and French to make fixing Pixel phones easier. The Pixel Diagnostic App allows users to test their Pixels for issues before and after a repair and also see if their device is functioning properly after it’s […]

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Apple Expands Self Service Repair in Europe, Now Covers iPhone 15 and M2 Macs

Apple today announced it has expanded its Self Service Repair program to cover the iPhone 15 lineup and Mac models powered by M2 chips, including the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro, the 15-inch MacBook Air, Mac mini, Mac Pro, and Mac Studio. Apple also said that ‌Self Service Repair‌ is now available for Apple users […]

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“Surface Laptop Studio 2 is one of our most repairable devices”: Microsoft demonstrates how to teardown and repair your own PC

What you need to know Microsoft has posted two videos highlighting manual repairs of a Surface Laptop Studio 2 and Surface Go 4 on its official YouTube channel. A lack of repairability has been a leading issue preventing many users from purchasing Surface devices. Replacement parts for Surface PCs are available from the Microsoft Store, […]

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iFixit Urges FTC to Establish Stronger Right to Repair Rules

Popular repair site iFixit today sent a petition to the United States Federal Trade Commission calling for new Right to Repair rules that would protect consumer interests. iFixit’s petition calls attention to some of the “blocks” that manufacturers have put in place that prevent customers and independent repair shops from repairing their electronics, such as […]

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Apple Expanding Device Repair Programs for Consumers and Independent Shops

Apple is expanding its Self-Service Repair and Independent Repair Provider programs and will make parts, tools, and documentation needed for product repairs available to repair shops and consumers nationwide. The news was announced by the White House as part of an event focused on right to repair policies, and was shared by Reuters. Apple has […]

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Google is working on a Repair Mode for Android

It’s standard procedure to factory reset your phone before sending it in for repairs – this keeps your personal data safe while removing any PIN/fingerprint/etc. locks that could prevent the technician from booting up the phone and testing it to see that the repair has been successful. There is a better way – Samsung’s Maintenance […]

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Apple-Backed Right to Repair Bill Signed Into Law in California

California this week officially adopted new right to repair legislation, with California Governor Gavin Newsom this week signing SB 244 into law. The Right to Repair law requires companies to provide customers with the tools to diagnose and repair consumer electronics and appliances. Apple in August sent a letter urging California to adopt the bill, […]

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California enacts Right to Repair Act

The US state of California has passed its Right to Repair Act (SB244) and will now require manufacturers to provide spare parts, tools and documentation for electronic devices priced above $100 for up to 7 years after their production date. The new bill was signed by California Governor Gavin Newsom and is effective from July […]

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Apple Can Now Repair Bottom Microphone on iPhone 15 and 15 Plus

Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers are able to individually repair the bottom-right microphone on the lower-end iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus, according to information obtained by MacRumors today from multiple sources. The new procedure of replacing this microphone on its own should make these repairs cheaper for customers, and also less wasteful, […]

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Apple Significantly Lowers Repair Fees for iPhone 15 Pro Models With Cracked Back Glass

As we reported last week, the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max feature a more repairable internal design, with a redesigned frame that allows for the back glass panel to be easily removed from the devices. This change was first made to the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus last year, and now […]

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Unlike Apple Watch, Google Will Not Repair Broken Pixel Watches

Google currently offers no official repair procedure for the Pixel Watch, meaning that broken devices simply become e-waste (via The Verge). This information was recently confirmed by Google spokesperson Bridget Starkey to The Verge. Starkey stated, “At this moment, we don’t have any repair option for the Google Pixel Watch. If your watch is damaged, […]

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Apple Supports Right to Repair Bill in California

Apple has made headlines for lobbying against right to repair laws in recent years, but this week the company decided to express support for California’s Right to Repair Act, SB 244. As noted by repair site iFixit, Apple yesterday sent a letter to California senator Susan Talamantes Eggman urging the California legislature to adopt the […]

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Teardown video shows the Galaxy Z Flip5 is much easier to repair than predecessor

Last year the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 received a below average 4/10 repairability score in PBKReviews’ disassembly video. How does the new Galaxy Z Flip5 fare? Much better actually, it got a 7.5/10. A major reason for this improvement is that Samsung used pull tabs for the two batteries whereas they were just glued in […]

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