A few days ago Apple expanded its self-repair software for Self Service Repair to MacBook laptop computers based on Apple M1 chips. However, iFixit experts criticized this move, noting that self-repairing actually makes Apple laptops less repairable.
It will be recalled that, as part of the Self Service Repair program, the owners of some Apple devices can themselves acquire original parts and access the instructions to replace them, as well as the tools that will be required to do so. In the case of the company ' s laptops, the software is extended to MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models, which are built on the basis of the M1 signature processor. Users can solve various failures on their own, including by replacing the display, battery, track, etc.
The iFixit experts commented positively on MacBook Air maintenance instructions, noting that they were very detailed. However, the MacBook Pro maintenance manual has put them at a standstill. The task of replacing the battery will eventually become relevant, as it inevitably wears out during operation. It would seem that replacing the battery would not be difficult. However, in the case of MacBook Pro on the M1 chip, the user needs to study a 162-page document to perform this operation.
Moreover, it is not possible to replace one battery on its own, because if the battery fails, the user will have to change the cell block, including a portion of the keyboard shell. This block costs more than $500, and the rental of tools will add to the amount of repair. At the same time, the battery at the certified service centre can be replaced for $199. It is expected that later Apple will allow laptop users to change the battery alone, but at this stage such repairs are not beneficial.