If you ever need to repair your MacBook, Apple now provides easy-to-understand step-by-step instructions that explain all work steps in detail. However, this currently only applies to MacBooks with an M1 chip.
Repair MacBook: Instructions explain details
Anyone who owns a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro with M1 chip that no longer works can now refer to Apple’s official repair instructions. These are now available for download in the manufacturer’s support area, after corresponding counterparts for iPhone 12 and 13 models have already been offered for quite some time. Even if only in English. In April 2022, the Apple Self Service repair program was launched in the US.
155 pages has such a manual, for example, in the case of the 13-inch MacBook Pro from 2020. The whole thing is also interesting for repair companies, since a complete parts list including product number is listed in the documents.
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Not all parts individually
The parts to be able to repair the MacBook are also offered by Apple itself. However, not all components are also available individually. For example, the battery is only available combined as Battery Management Unit.
It is similar with the mainboards (“Logic board”), on which CPU, GPU, RAM and system memory are soldered in the M1 models. There are a total of eight combination elements to choose from.
It gets complicated when it comes to the screws, because well over 20 different types are needed depending on the model. They are also listed neatly, but caution is advised here. In the case of the 13-inch MacBook Pro, for example, there are 28 different types of screws – from Torx T3 and T5 to 3-mm Hex screws.
Apple also offers required tools for purchase, while some of the needed helpers, namely those without part numbers “can be bought at an electronics retailer”. If everything is available, it should not be too difficult to perform the repair yourself. After all, the manufacturer provides detailed and illustrated instructions that explain every step.