Apple’s iPhone repair tool kit that it rents is wheeled and weighs 79 pounds


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Apple hasn’t exactly skimped on the tools it provides in its new iPhone Self Service Repair program, but at 79 pounds, it’s not what you’d call a practical kit for home use.

Even before it launched its new Self Service Repair program, Apple was accused of doing it less to help users, and more to head off future legislation. Now it’s launched the program, it can tell any court in the land that it is providing every possible tool — and doing so for a $49/week rental fee, including shipping.

Only, that isn’t $49 per week for however long you need to study the 80+ pages of repair manuals available on the new service site. It is $49 for one week and only one week — or in practice, probably not quite even that.

Instead, you have to drop the kit off at a UPS store “by day 7.” If you fail to do so, “you will be charged a fee and a tax,” though Apple does not specify how much that will amount to.

It does say that at point of rental, it will put a temporary authorization on your credit card to cover the full replacement value of the tools. Again, Apple does not say how much that is — partly because it varies, there are customized repair toolkits for different models.

Confusingly, Apple’s listings for the different toolkits don’t entirely tally with its listings for each tool you can buy separately. There are some in the kit that don’t appear to be listed separately, while there are some separate ones that are not in the kit.

However, counting only the tools that are present in the iPhone SE toolkit — the smallest kit available — then the kit’s contents are worth around $914. For all other iPhone models available, the second case adds about $364, for a total on your credit card of $1,278.

Note that the kit costs the same, and has the same tools, whether you want the tools to replace a battery or fix the speaker. So if you’re on a low income, a tight budget, and figured this was a way to fix your iPhone cheaply, then it probably…