Apple will finally allow iPhone owners to repair their own devices starting next year. Apple’s “Self Service Repair” program, which was launched last November 15, will sell components for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 “early next year,” with parts for the latest Macs following “soon.” The program will begin with the most frequently changed iPhone components, such as screens, batteries, and cameras. Additional components will be available “later next year.”

Apple COO Jeff Williams said the move to sell replacement components, which has been desired for years, is designed to provide iPhone users “even more choice if a repair is needed.” However, Apple does not suggest the service to everyone. According to Apple’s blog post, “Self Service Repair is intended for individual technicians with the knowledge and experience to repair electronic devices.” “For the vast majority of customers, visiting a professional repair provider with certified technicians who use genuine Apple parts is the safest and most reliable way to get a repair.”

At the moment, the only option to get your iPhone or other Apple gadget fixed is to go to an Apple Store, send it to Apple, or go to an “Authorized Service Provider” (a third-party store that has been certified by Apple). Given Apple’s history of pushing against legislative programs aimed at giving people the right to fix the gadgets they buy, the decision to introduce Self Service Repair comes as a surprise. A trade association that Apple belongs to railed against President Biden’s recent executive order on competition, which pushes the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to regulate firms attempting to limit consumer rights to repair.