This month, California passed the Right to Repair Act, which requires device manufacturers to provide replacement parts and tools and offer repair instructions for 3 years for gadgets priced between $50 and $99, and for 7 years for devices costing more than $100. This applies to electronics and appliances manufactured and sold after 1 July 2021. Apple supported this law and promised to implement these rules not only in California, but across America.
Thus, Apple will provide parts, tools and documentation needed for repairs to all consumers and independent repair shops within the US. This was reported by the White House, but Apple itself has yet to make an official announcement.
Previously, Apple has struggled with third-party repair services and tried to do everything possible to ensure that users repair gadgets only in official service centres. But over time, the company's position began to change. For example, in 2017, the company allowed to repair smartphones with third-party displays. And since 2022, it has offered consumers a self-service programme, providing original repair manuals, parts and tools through its self-service shop. Admittedly, the self-service repair programme is often more expensive than bringing the device to an Apple retail shop or an authorised service provider for repair.