Perhaps the most unexpected news of the week. But Apple has now introduced something called “Self Service Repair“. The purpose of the new repair program is for Apple users to be able to order spare parts from Apple themselves if they want to fix things that have broken in, for example, their iPhones or Macs.

Apple will also provide its customers with manuals on how to repair their gadgets which can be downloaded from what Apple calls the “Self Service Repair Online Store”. Apple chief operating officer Jeff Williams talks about Apple’s new repair initiative:

“Creating greater access to Apple genuine parts gives our customers even more choice if a repair is needed. In the past three years, Apple has nearly doubled the number of service locations with access to Apple genuine parts, tools, and training, and now we’re providing an option for those who wish to complete their own repairs. “

Apple Self Service Repair will launch in the US early next year and initially it will be possible to order spare parts for iPhone 12 and iPhone 13. Later it will also be possible to order spare parts for Apple’s M1 computers. After the US launch of Self Service Repair, this will roll out in other markets, but there is still no information on when.