Apple Repairs: Why They’re So Expensive and Will They Get Cheaper?
In this article, I will explain why Apple repairs are so Expensive and whether they will get cheaper or not.
So as you may know, Apple products have developed quite the reputation for being expensive, so it’s no surprise that repairing them can also be quite costly.
It turns out that Apple devices are in fact more expensive to repair than their non-Apple counterparts, but the reasons why aren’t exactly clear.
If you’re worried about getting gouged by the repair guy next time your Mac starts acting up, this article will explain why Apple repairs are so expensive and will help you find more affordable options if you don’t feel like paying the high price of official Apple repairs.
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Labor costs: the most obvious reason
You might have taken your iPhone to be repaired in the US, Canada, the UK, or some other European country in the past. Naturally, that makes it more expensive.
This claim cannot be substantiated with hard evidence, but the company’s comparatively low retail price may be the result of low original production costs.
As labor is significantly cheaper in China than it is in the countries mentioned, where Apple products are usually made. And this fact may play a role in the final price for repairing your iPhone, MacBook or any other Apple device.
iPhone parts can become really expensive
Foremost, let us ask the question of what we really need to a phone repair. Yep, you’ve guessed it, you need parts. And to be more precises, you need Apple authorized parts.
But as of lately, there is something happening. It’s becoming more difficult to replace individual parts. The reason for this is that if one part of the iPhone is broken, the entire module needs to be replaced.
If one part of the iPhone is broken, the entire module needs to be replaced.
A real-life example might help clarify things. Let’s say your iPhone screen is broken. Then you are very likely to not only get a new glass, but you need also to have a well working touchscreen and backlighting.
So even though we like to see Apple comes with a slim iPhone design with all parts integrated into each other, this has also a downside. It leads to more expensive repairs, and these repairs are, in most cases, far more than just a separate part that has to be replaced.
What about fixing your iPhone yourself or at a third party shop?
Right now, repairing your iPhone yourself or taking it to a third party shop is difficult. That said, it’s not impossible. Manufacturers don’t supply the original spare parts to third-party (non-professional) mechanics. And when they do, there are more snags. For example, suppliers are not allowed to buy parts from elsewhere, or are required to fulfill a quota of repairs.
That’s the reason why there is a right-to-repair movement happening right now. This movement advocates for the fact that spare parts should be available. This ensures that consumers have the right to repair themselves. Also, repairing things should become a much simpler task, according to this movement.
And Apple seems to have listened
I’m sure you’ve heard about the new Self Repair Program Apple introduced lately. This program lets iPhone users fix their own devices with Apple’s toolbox and necessary equipment.
This way, you’ll be able to fix your (broken) iPhone more easily without visiting the Genius bar. The only thing is, and this is according to most critics, is that repairing an iPhone is anything but easy. Even with this Self Repair Program.
According to most critics, repairing an iPhone is anything but easy.
Likewise, you might be spending more money by doing it yourself than you would by outsourcing the task to Apple. Many YouTubers claim even that fixing an iPhone 13 screen, for example, can be more expensive than letting Apple take care of it.
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