Today, Apple expanded its Self-Service Repair program for M1 family-based MacBook Air and MacBook Pros. You can replace many components, including the logic board; however, there is a catch. If you are hoping to upgrade your laptop with this program, you’re out of luck.
If you go to the self-service repair store, you now have to input your MacBook’s serial number before you can look up or order the replacement parts. The support team and even the search tool warn that “your selection has to match the original configuration of the device.” This includes the logic board, RAM, SSD, and GPU. Otherwise, “you may encounter an issue that prevents the completion of the repair.” For this reason, if you order mismatched parts, your order will be canceled. If you need help finding your device’s exact specifications, the page also provides a guide to get such important information.
With that said, it’s disappointing that upgrading modern Macs is still impossible. In some cases, customers could end up with inefficient internal storage or limited memory. For devices out of the return period, the worst case for them is still to sell their devices in hopes of getting some cash back. Even tech experts miss the good old days with older Macs with higher repairability. I’ve even seen iPod fans upgrading their “classic” iPods to faster SSDs since those devices are easily moddable. Would you be interested in logic board upgrades through Self-Service Repair? Let us know in the comments below. Follow us on Twitter, so you’ll get the latest news when they come out.