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- An author of The Verge ordered Apple’s self-repair kit and it weighed 36 kg.
- Apple has sent industry-grade repair equipment to replace the battery of an iPhone mini.
- The repair process itself was tedious with lots of room for something to go wrong.
Apple recently launched its DIY repair program, allowing iPhone users to fix their own devices by renting a repair kit from the company. If you thought that this kit would have a few screwdrivers, pliers, spades and magnifiers, you would be very wrong.
Since Shawn Hollister Edge Recently out on repairing his iPhone Mini, Apple sent him a toolkit in two suitcases weighing 36 kg (see below) to repair the tiny device! Apple has blocked কার্ড 1,200 on its card for a heavy toolkit. It charges $ 49 to rent the tool for one week and $ 69 for a new battery. The thing is, Apple charges the same $ 69 fee for battery replacement in its own store, except that, an expert does all the repair work.
That said, if you’re a DIY repair nest, Apple is behind you. The toolkit it sent to Hollister contained everything possible needed to assemble an iPhone, including a heavy, industrial-grade heat station and a huge spring-loaded press.
Something is more likely to go wrong.
The problem is that the process itself was full of challenges for the writer. If you have no experience repairing your phone, you may be stuck in the middle and something is more likely to go wrong.
The iPhone did not recognize the original battery provided by Apple as real.
Apple has sent out a repair manual with its huge toolkit. However, Hollister still had some problems fixing things. The manual was not helpful when the heating machine dropped an error code. Shaking the tiny screws on the iPhone was a chore for Holister, even with Apple’s “Fancy Torque Driver”.
The “most frustrating part” of the repair process, according to reports, was that the iPhone did not recognize the actual battery provided by Apple. It flashed an “unknown part” warning, and obviously, after the repair you’ll need to call Apple’s third-party logistics company to verify the part. This is a completely different process for which you need to run diagnostics on the iPhone and give the company remote control of your device.
After all, Apple’s repair process seems to be quite tedious. This is probably a barrier to self-repair movement rather than a step in the right direction.