Apple’s self-service repair program went live todaygiving iPhone (and eventually Mac) customers the tools and instructions they need to repair your devices at a lower cost and from the comfort from their own homes.
However, to do so, you need tools, some of which are proprietary. With the opening of the “Self-Service Repair Shop” today, you can now purchase those parts individually. However, doing so might not be the most profitable method. Spending $85 on a Torque Driver or $13 on a single Torx Security Bit adds significant cost to your repair, and you may only need these tools once or twice.
Fortunately, Apple offers a $49 rental kit (including shipping) that contains all the tools and parts needed to repair specific devices. Maybe too many parts, depending on the repair you’re doing, but there’s no way to rent individual tools a la carte.. The rental lasts for 7 days once you have received the tool kit, after which you will be charged “a fee and tax” via a hold on your credit card.
Just be sure to stretch before trying to transport these kits to your workbench, because they are heavy. What MacRumors Notesthe two boxes you receive with the rental kits weigh 43 pounds and 36 pounds, individually. When stacked, the boxes measure 20 inches wide and 47 inches tall. It’s safe to say you can skip the gym on iPhone repair day. Unless you want to cheat and use the wheels of the suitcases, which I am happy to report it doesn’t cost $700 extra.
What’s inside these beefy kits? The first iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 repair case includes a “Heat Shield Removal Fixture” and a “Heat Shield Pocket,” a pair of tech gadgets that would cost roughly $350 if purchased separately. In the other case, there are several pieces, including battery and screen clamps, a repair tray, torque drivers, screw bits, and adhesive covers. You can find a complete list in the Toolkit Rental Q&A Section page.
But what if I just need a torque? controller, and I don’t want to buy it to keep? I guess I’ll have to go to the gym to be able to carry all that. additional equipment.
In all seriousness, I can’t wait to see what’s included in rental kits for Mac repairs once Apple adds laptops and desktops to its self-repair program later this year. Weight aside, the rental service seems like a legitimately great way to save money on genuine components that most people don’t have in their toolbox. If only you could rent alone the specific tools you need individually, too. and if only Apple’s new right to repair initiative supported older iPhone models, you know, the ones most in need of repairs or replacement parts.