iFixit today announced that it will team up with Microsoft to manufacture and sell official repair kits for some Surface models. The partnership will go with a satellite projector, a projector recharger, and a battery cover.
Templates designed for these Microsoft-certified tools are not the most suitable for home tampering. Many — like the Surface Laptop Go and Surface Pro 7+ — don’t have iFixit’s salvageable guides or scores. This may explain why these professional tools are not offered to consumers, at least for the time being.
According to iFixit, “independent iFixit Pro repairers, Microsoft authorized service providers, Microsoft experience centers and Microsoft commercial customers” will be the only entities allowed to use these new devices. “While these new tools are not necessary to complete a DIY repair, they are designed to prevent damage and will assist technicians in making a large number of repairs, helping to improve accuracy and factory-wide adhesion matching.”
According to The Verge, it was Microsoft that contacted iFixit about joining forces, despite (and because of) iFixit’s vocal criticism of a poor Surface line repair. The wide availability of official repair tools, and the development of new ones may be on the horizon if both companies notice positive results.
Microsoft is the latest company to partner with iFixit. Previously, Defender of the Right to Repair worked with HTC and Motorola as the official source for replacement parts for Vive headphones and smartphones, respectively.
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