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Repair iPhone yourself: 35 kilo tools for the battery

Repair iPhone yourself: 35 kilo tools for the battery
Written by insideindyhomes

from Alexander Ney
What you may already know is that Apple and Samsung are offering their customers in the US the ability to repair their smartphones themselves. The companies provide original parts and repair kits for a fee. What you may not know, however, is that picking up a repair kit from Apple takes a lot of muscle.

As we reported a few weeks ago, both Apple and Samsung are now offering US customers the option of repairing defective smartphones themselves. This is how the tech companies reacted to the increasing demands that self-repairs should be possible again. A field report by The Verge journalist Sean Hollister now reveals exactly what the corresponding Apple program called “Self Service Repair” looks like. Among other things, he had ordered tools from Apple for changing the battery of his iPhone Mini. And then they came – in two huge Pelican cases with a total weight of 79 pounds, i.e. around 36 kilograms. For a battery with a weight of 320 grams.

“Apple must be joking”

It’s understandable that Hollister began to believe that Apple really doesn’t want customers to repair their smartphones themselves. Nevertheless, he persisted in his DIY experiment and described his “repair experience” in great detail. During the difficult process of detaching the display from the iPhone Mini, Hollister’s heating machine returned an error code. It came as little surprise to him that Apple does not explain in the user manual what to do in such a case. Incidentally, in the included illustrations, all processes were presented much more simply than they actually were, Hollister wrote in his article. Because even with the included set of “fancy torque wrenches,” the journalist struggled to avoid dropping “Apple’s incredibly tiny screws” a dozen times while removing the pieces of metal holding the screen’s ribbon cables in place held position.

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After Sean Hollister replaced the battery and fixed the display slightly askew using the screen press provided by Apple, the smartphone refused to respond after switching it on. Because: The original battery was not recognized. “Unknown part” read the advert. Apparently, after the repair, the customer is expected to contact Apple’s third-party logistics company so that they can validate the part in question. This requires a computer and a Wi-Fi connection, especially since the iPhone has to be restarted in diagnostic mode and the company has to be given the remote control. In the end, Hollister was quite frustrated with the repair and presented the readers with its bill. He paid $69 for the new battery, a $49 rental fee for the repair kit, and a $1,200 security deposit in case the kit wasn’t returned to Apple within a week.

Source: via The Verge

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