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Apple’s new right to repair program is live

Apple’s self-repair kits are now commercially available.   Starting Wednesday, anyone can buy a host of genuine Apple parts and tools from the Self Service Repair Store website.   Quoting Vice:

 Most interestingly and most excitingly, we are finally getting an official look at the repair tools and repair guides that Apple’s own stores and technicians use. Even these tools aren’t outrageously priced. A “heated display removal fixture,” used to take off the screen costs $256.35, which is a lot of money for a single repair but perhaps more reasonable if you’re a small business doing screen replacements every day. Apple is also letting customers rent a giant toolkit for $50, which is a fun idea and is similar to what places like Auto Zone do for car repairs.

Why do we care?

This is an advancement for the sentiment of the right to repair… and should not be confused with the actual right to repair, which would be legal protections.   Glad to see this, and I don’t expect this to be the end of the movement.    It’s certainly a trend.