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Lilbits: Apple’s Self Service Repair isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

Apple launched its Self Service Repair program in April in what appeared to be a major win for the right to repair movement. Folks who want to buy a replacement screen, battery, or other components without taking their phone to a repair shop can now do that. But actually fixing a phone by yourself? That’s […]

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Apple’s Self Service Repair program goes live (for iPhone 12 and newer)

Apple is making it easier for iPhone owners perform their own repairs rather than taking their phones to a shop to replace a cracked screen, broken speaker, or dead battery, among other things. The Self Service Repair program that Apple promised to launch is now live for customers in the US who want to perform out-of-warranty […]

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Alldocube posts teardown and repair video for the iPlay40 tablet

The Alldocube iPlay40 and iPlay40 Pro are Android tablets with 10.4 inch displays, Unisoc T618 processors, 8GB RAM, quad speakers that sell for around $200 and up. On paper they look pretty decent, but like most Chinese tablet makers, Allodcube offers limited customer service and support for customers outside of its home country. But the […]

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Google partners with iFixit to offer replacement parts for Pixel phones

Google has announced plans to make it easier to fix a broken Pixel phone. Starting later this year you’ll be able to buy spare parts and tools to fix Pixel 2 and later phones from iFixit. Google says things like replacement displays, batteries, and cameras will be sold as individual parts and as parts of kits […]

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Samsung introduces a self-repair program for select phones and tablets

Repairing a cracked screen, broken charging port, or other components of a smartphone or tablet can be an expensive, time-consuming, and generally inconvenient proposition, especially if it means going without a phone while you wait for somebody else to perform the repairs. While some folks are comfortable performing their own repairs at home, finding genuine […]

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Apple’s Self Service Repair will make at-home repairs easier

Apple doesn’t have a great track record with making it easy to perform DIY repairs on the company’s hardware, usually insisting that you take your gear to an Apple Store or authorized repair shop instead. But starting next year, the company plans to begin offering tools, parts, and documentation for customers that want to repair […]

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Apple expands support for third-party iPhone repair shops

Apple has unveiled a new Independent Repair Provider Program that could make it easier to find a place to get a broken iPhone fixed. The company says third-party electronics repair shops that want to provide service for out-of-warranty iPhone repairs can apply to become a member of the program, which allows them to purchase components, […]

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Motorola partners with iFixit to offer smartphone repair kits

Modern smartphones include a handful of features designed to make them tougher to break. Corning’s Gorilla Glass and similar technologies give many phones a tough-to-scratch screen. And a growing number of phones are waterproof, which means you can use them in the rain, splash water on them in the kitchen, or even drop them in the toilet […]