Apple is going to sell spare parts and tools to the general public to perform repairs on some iPhone and Mac computers, according to a statement by the company on Wednesday.
After years of pressure from consumer groups, Apple has provided greater access to repair manuals and genuine parts.
In the year 2019 Apple launched a program where independent repair shops can buy parts, tools and manuals. In addition to its 5,000 directly authorized repair providers, there are 2,800 independent shops in the program.
After reading a manual, Apple customers will be able to buy parts directly from the self-service program. The online store will start with 200 parts and tools aimed at fixing the most common issues with displays, batteries and cameras on the iPhone 12 and 13 models.
The program will eventually extend to Mac computers that use Apple's M 1 chip and later to less common repairs. After completing a repair, customers will be offered the same pricing on parts and tools as independent repair shops and will be able to return their used parts to Apple.
The program will begin in the United States early next year and expand to more countries later in the year.